8 Global Ways to Love Plantains

Banana's starchier cousin has never been more a-peeling

Savory and starchy when green, sweet and creamy when ripe, tropical plantains make more than just chips. Here's how we eat them, from stewing with Indian spices to mashing into Dominican gnocchi.

A unique Indian curry
Plantain with Sesame Seeds and Peppercorns
Sesame seeds and black peppercorns give this stew its fragrant flavor. Get the recipe for Yellu Molaghu Vazhaipazham (Plantain with Sesame Seeds and Peppercorns)Ingalls Photography
A Kenyan lunch
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
Mix mashed plantains with curry-stewed beef for a loose African twist on meat and potatoes. Get the recipe for Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)Ingalls Photography
Plantains, the Puerto Rican way
Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate)
Top with a quick tomato sauce. Dinner's now done. Get the recipe for Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate)Penny De Los Santos
Savory-sweet gnocchi
Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu
Plantains and yucca flour make these gnocchi extra fluffy and slightly sweet—a perfect complement to the rich, creamy short rib ragù. Get the recipe for Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib RagùFarideh Sadeghin
plantain pies
Stuff your pies with picadillo
Spice up meat and plantain pies with freshly ground achiote. Get the recipe for PiononosPenny de los Santos
A tropical fish stew
Fish and Coconut Stew with Mashed Plantains
Puréed plantains take the sidelines to highlight the fragrant coconut, culantro, and cumin broth. Get the recipe for Hudutu (Fish and Coconut Stew with Mashed Plantains)Penny De Los Santos
A new kind of chicken noodle soup
Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)
Replace your potatoes with root vegetables and plantains. Get the recipe for Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)Penny De Los Santos
Top your fritters with seafood salsa
Tostones
Stewed shrimp garnishes these fried green plantain tostones. Get the recipe for Tostones con Camarones GuisadosPenny de los Santos