Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sopa de platanos - Plantain soup Puerto Rican style

One of the great things about travelling is you get to learn new cuisines and dishes you could never have imagined were possible by using certain ingredients. During my visit to Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity of meeting amazing people and introduced to great food. One dish that stayed with me was the plantain soup. I have had plantain in Mauritius in many different ways , in curries, fried, as chips but never as a soup and it was delicious ! I promised myself to make it at home and share the recipe with all of you. I added a little twist in it with turmeric as well as scotch bonnet pepper. Try it, it is very easy to make and you will certainly impress many .


4 plantains (make sure they are green as ripe plantains cannot be used in this recipe)
3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion chopped finely
1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp of finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper
chopped coriander leaves
2 TBS of oil


Peel and chop plantains in big chunks
Keep around half plantain and using a sharp knife slice finely (add salt pepper and fry in oil for the plantain chips as decoration- see picture below - this is optional)
Chop onion and garlic cloves finely
Heat oil in pan
Add onion and garlic and fry until onion is transparent
Add plantain as well as scotch bonnet pepper , turmeric and paprika
Fry for a bit and add chicken stock and allow to boil for 25 mins
Using a blender , puree the coup until smooth
Adjust salt ad add pepper
Simmer for another 5 mins
Serve hot with plantain chips and coriander leaves

1 comment:

  1. Hi. Thank you for sharing this.
    I would like to ask; where can I get plantains in Mauritius (possibly fresh)? I have been searching for a while and I am yet to find it.