Becoming creative with Green Bananas & The MIKA Genie Cooker.
by YvonneJuma Posted on 25/07/2015
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It is 4 o'clock in the afternoon and I am wondering what to cook for supper. Cruising through our third month in marriage, the kitchen can be a daunting place to be if a new bride is not very creative. We, African ladies know all too well that the kitchen is an area we are expected to perform excellently.

I had a craving for fries but that is junk. My husband will not hear of it.

"Why, not make homemade banana fries?" I thought.

My Mother-In-Law had given us a whole bunch of bananas when we had gone upcountry to visit her the previous weekend. Green bananas are very healthy because they have all their vitamins whereas ripe ones lose most of them in the process of ripening.

Deep frying can be a time, fuel and oil consuming affair. However, I have this new cooking equipment caled MIKA Genie Cooker.(www.mikaappliances.com) It was a wedding present. It is a cooker that can perform 12 functions. That is: Boil, Stir-fry, Hot pot, Slow cook, Shallow-fry, Grill, Steam, Deep fry, Bake, Fondue, Roast and Warmer. No wonder the name Genie! It is easy to clean and maintain and does not consume a lot of electricity.

So, here is the recipe that I did that serves 3 people, (me and my husband squared - the guy can really eat :))

Ingredients
- 12 green bananas
- Cooking oil
- Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Peel the bananas using a sharp knife.
Note that, green bananas do not peel like a yellow banana. Cut off the stems and tip of the plantain using a sharp paring knife. If you love your manicured nails, use kitchen gloves as green bananas have a nasty sap which sticks like glue. It can also easily stain your clothes so use an apron.

2. Slice into thin wedges to make fries.

3. Add the cooking oil in the cooking pot of the Genie Cooker.

4. Set the control knob to 180 degrees Celsius and wait for about 5 minutess for the oil to heat.

5. Place the banana wedges in the frying basket and drop it in the oil and fry until golden brown.

6. Remove from the oil after 5 to 7 minutes and drain on a dry paper towel.

7. Season with salt and serve with kachumbari, sausages, etc.

It is a delicious treat and we could not have enough of it. Unlike Potatoes, the banana chips did not retain much of the cooking oil.

My hubby has now rekindled his love for matoke after the two fell apart years ago due to complications in preparations and cooking.

       

 




   

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