Like most people, I am at my most creative when stuck between a rock and a hard place. These tough situations are peppered with moments of clarity that, in this particular case, inspired this masala (Indian spice) plantain chips recipe. The story went this way: I was supposed to bring a plantain dish to a get-together, but the plantains I had were simply not ripe enough for what I had originally planned to make. I needed an easy green plantains recipe, and fast. That is when I remembered having masala french fries while in Kenya a few years ago. Frankly, I thought that dish was a soggy mess, the antithesis of what French fries are supposed to be like, but the idea was an interesting one. The problem with the masala french fries I had was that they were not crunchy at all, the frying technique was simply not there. Well, using green plantains instead of potatoes would go a long way towards avoiding that mushy fate. I had some garam masala handy at home (here is a recipe if you don’t: http://indianhealthyrecipes.com/punjabi-garam-masala-powder-recipe/) and decided to risk it. The end result was an interesting innovation, a case of traditional made new. The feelings it triggered resembled those you would have upon meeting an old friend who has completely changed their look, a mix of surprise, wonder and an eagerness to find out more, or in this case, to eat the all the chips!
Try the recipe below and let us know what you think.