Buñuelos de plátano – Cooking with Valentina

Plantains are a staple food found in Central African diets, and they are used in various dishes such as Buñuelos de plátano (Banana fritters).
Buñuelos de plátano are typically small, round or oval fritters that have a crispy golden texture on the outside and a soft, sweet caramelized flavor of banana on the inside.

Without looking it up, do you know what country is pointed out on the map above? Tucked away on the western coast of Central Africa is a small country that you may or may not be familiar with called Guinea Ecuatorial (or Equatorial Guinea for English speakers). 

Equatorial Guinea was a former Spanish colony, gaining its independence in 1968. It went through a period of political instability, including a brutal dictatorship, before President Teodoro Obiang came to power in a military coup in 1979. The blend of traditional African and Spanish influences is visible in the culture, language, and food. Plantains are a staple food found in Central African diets, and they are used in various dishes such as Buñuelos de plátano (Banana fritters). Buñuelos de plátano are typically small, round or oval fritters that have a crispy golden texture on the outside and a soft, sweet caramelized flavor of banana on the inside. If this sounds like a treat you would like to try, then let’s make it together with Valentina.

 

 

Utensils (English and Spanish)

 

  • Fork (Tenedor)
  • Bowls (Bowls)
  • Stove (Estufa)
  • Pot for frying (Olla para freír)
  • Spoons (Cucharas)
  • Hand metal whisk (batidor de metal)
  • Strainer (colador)
  • Scale (Gramera)

 

Ingredients (English and Spanish)

 

  • Flour (Harina) – 4.40 ounces
  • Bananas (plátanos) – 3 
  • Sugar (azúcar) – 2.64 ounces
  • Baking powder (polvo para hornear) – A pinch
  • Oil for frying (Aceite para freír)

 

Instructions – Watch Video HERE

 

English

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add sugar and mix in.
  2. Pass the flour through a strainer into the bowl. Add the baking powder. Mix together into a batter.
  3. Heat the oil on the stove. When it is hot, put spoonfuls of the mixture into the oil to fry it. Be very careful around the hot oil.
  4. When one side is fried, flip them onto the other side. 
  5. Let’s cool and enjoy!

 

Español

  1. Tritura los plátanos en un bol. Agregue el azúcar y mezcle.
  2. Pasar la harina por un colador al bol. Agrega el polvo para hornear. Mezclar hasta formar una masa.
  3. Calienta el aceite en la estufa. Cuando esté caliente echamos cucharadas de la mezcla al aceite para freírla. Tenga mucho cuidado con el aceite caliente.
  4. Cuando un lado esté frito, voltéalos hacia el otro lado.
  5. ¡Vamos a enfriar y disfrutar!

 

Here at Cultural Bytes, we believe that the best way to learn the language is to learn the culture. If you want to immerse your child in the Spanish language and culture by trying out activities, crafts, games, and recipes from all of the 21 Spanish speaking countries, then sign them up for ViLaCa (Virtual Language Camp).

Other Articles

Mayan Legends

Mayan Legends

Welcome to another week of our Byte Blog! A quick recap of what happened last week, here at Cultural Bytes we have been getting ready for

Read More »
Ties with France

Ties with France

Cities like Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL are known for having Spanish ties. Spanish is not the only foreign language that is culturally tied to

Read More »
Call us