I love Mexican food. Especially loaded nachos with fresh salsa and sour cream.
Now that I am living in Lagos and watching my calories and also constantly creating recipes that put unconventional twists on what most consider conventional ingredients, I decided to put my spin on this favorite of mine. Instead of corn chips, I opted to make unripe plantain chips, a fresh salsa with some produce from my garden and a natural yogurt dip taking the place of sour cream.
This little platter is so easy to put together but is so different from what your guests will expect and is the perfect appetizer or movie snack. My favorite part: it is pocket friendly. Do not be put off by the fact that there are 3 elements to this dish. They are really easy to put together.
To make the plantain chips to feed 2, you need:
- 2 green unripe plantains
- Vegetable oil
- Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the plantain lengthwise as thinly as possible
- In a large frying fan or a deep fryer, heat the oil
- Add the plantain and fry till crispy
- Drain and season with salt to taste
- 1/4 red or white onion - diced finely
- 2 firm tomatoes - diced finely
- 1 hot pepper - jalapeno, scotch bonnet - diced finely. Remove seeds if you want to tone down the heat
- 1 sweet pepper - sweet banana or bell pepper - diced finely
- 3-6 leaves of Basil/ Cilantro / Coriander/ African Basil or Scent Leaf
- Salt to taste
- Combine all the ingredients and season with salt to taste
- 1 cup natural unsweetened yogurt
- 1 spring onion - chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
The salsa and yogurt dip can keep in the fridge overnight. Use leftovers in sandwiches and burgers or to top a salad.