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Crunchy Plantain Minty Balls

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These Crunchy Plantain Mint Balls are all you will ever need in life! They are so filled with spiciness and yummy flavor, it is ridiculous! These are a touch of savory, a touch of sweetness and a whole ton of yummy! Plantain Mint Balls are relatively easy to make and even easier to eat. The type of plantain you use is going to make a difference in the texture. This has become a very popular recipe to use for snacks or appetizers. These are the options:

  • Yellow and ripe

I used my plantains as they were becoming over ripe. I feel that they made this recipe perfect. The plantains that are yellow ripe will give a natural sweetness, but it will be difficult to get the outer layer crispy as it should be

  • Green/Yellow

Many people recommend using plantains at this point for the crunchy and crispy outer layer. At this stage the plantain will still be firm but have a little sweetness to them. They are mostly just ripe not overripe.

  • Green

Some people may prefer this for this recipe as it provides more structure so you would generally need less bread crumbs. But this also leaves the misture with a sour taste from the plantains and you would need a sweetener to cut through.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Which Plantain do you prefer?

I have made Crunchy Plantain Balls using the green/yellow i.e just ripe plantains and also some over ripe plantains. I mix both or half-and-half for the perfect consistency and sweetness. It depends on how firm you want the plantain to be and how much breadcrumbs you want in the mixture. The idea is to use as little breadcrumbs as possible to leave more room for the actual plantains when frying them up.

  • Should I use a scotch bonnet or Chilli Powder?

To get the desired flavour from the chilli, it is best to use the scotch bonnet. Scotch bonnets have a really flavourful heat and I am biased as I grew up with it. However, I am sure some other forms of chilli would work perfectly.

  • Which is best, fresh mint or dried mint?

Of course, you will get a stronger mint flavour from the freshly chopped mint leaves. If you cannot find fresh leaves, dried mint is perfectly okay to use.

Crunchy Plantain Meatballs (With Mint Flavour)

prep time
20 Mins
cooking time
10 Mins
15 Balls
total time
45 Mins



  • 1 large, unripe plantain

  • 1 chili pepper (scotch bonnet)

  • ½ red onion, chopped roughly

  • 1 cup parsley

  • 1 to 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs, depending on texture of plantain

  • 1 tsp salt

  • Mint batter:

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp dried mint



Step 1

In a food processor, place the plantain, scotch bonnet, red onions, and the parsley and blend together well.

Step 2

Add ½ cup of the breadcrumbs and Mix

Step 3

Roll into bite sized balls

Step 4

In a bowl combine the all purpose flour, the water and the dried mint, with the egg and Mix until smooth

Step 5

Heat oil in a deep fryer

Step 6

Using a spoon, place one rolled plantain ball into the batter and Toss to coat the Plantain ball evenly

Step 7

Carefully place the coated plantain ball into the hot oil and fry until golden brown

Step 8

Remove the plantain ball with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain

Step 9

Repeat the last 5 steps until all plantain balls are coated and deep fried.


Depending on the size of the deep fryer or pan you use, do not overload the oil. You want the Plantain ball to cook evenly all at the same time.
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