Paleo Plantain Stew
You don't truly appreciate food until you know how it's made. Something I've come to realise more and more as my cooking adventure progresses, and I'm loving every moment of it!
This particular stew is my favourite stew, second only to the vegetable stew I made earlier. I'm infinitely more impressed with this stew because of how EASY this is to make. Seriously, you'd think something this aromatic would require multiple stages of cooking to truly develop its flavour. Nope. I have much to learn on this journey :P
It was at this moment the penny dropped. What REALLY brought out the flavours in this stew are its ingredients - the stars that truly SHINE. Plantain and coconut milk. The spoils of mother nature couldn't get any better than this.
5 ingredients. 5 servings. 5 minutes
Okay, fine, more like 10 minutes, but I liked the list of three with the '5' being the common theme, hehe. Work with me here!!
How best to eat this stew? To have it ALLLLL. Jk, jk :D I love it BEST with appam/ vattayappam, something rice based. But, let's be honest, this goes well with anything - you can enjoy it on it's own, use a bread to sop it up, or douse your rice in it. The choice is YOURS! Let me know how you enjoyed it in the comments below!
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In the interests of keeping this short and snappy, just like this stew, here's the recipe!
In a medium pot, medium flame, add plantain with 1 cup water and 3tbsp coconut milk. Stir occasionally, let plantains cook.
In a grinder, grind sugar with cardamom.
Once the plantains are cooked (should be soft and squishy), mix rice flour with 1 tbsp cold water and add to the pot (to thicken the stew). Also add the sugar mixture, mix well.
Reduce to low flame, add 1 tbsp water and remaining coconut milk. Mix well. Once stew begins to simmer, switch off flame.
I found the stew had thickened considerably once the plantain had cooked. So, for those who are on the paleo diet, you can easily omit the rice flour :)