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Sprouts in the Hood

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mongu with Red Beans and Pea Sprouts for Breakfast

Mangu with Cilantro Chutney
Mangu with Beans, Pea Sprouts and Sauteed Onions

A staple of Caribbean food is the platano, which can be found in any corner market in Washington Heights.  Mangu is a made from mashing a green platantain until it has a mashed potato-like texture.  In a typical Dominican breakfast, mangu is accompanied by eggs, avocados and sauteed onions.  This morning, I prepared some mangu then served with red beans, sauteed onions and cilantro chutney.  The pea shoot garnish gave my dish a nice spring touch.

Mangu Recipe:


2 unripe boiled plantains, sliced

2 tablespoons of butter
1 large onion, sliced  
2 garlic cloves, diced 
2 teaspoons turmeric   
1/2 tablespoon vinegar  
1/2 cup  water
2  tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Salt to taste

    1.  Peel and slice plantains, then boil for 20 minutes or until tender.
    2.  Combine and blend boiled plantains, butter, vinegar, water, cilantro and salt.
    3.  Saute onions, garlic with turmeric. 
    3.  Top with the sauteed onion mixture, pea sprouts and cilantro chutney.

    Ripe Plantains and Rulo at Washington Heights Market

    Green Plantains at a Washington Heights Market

    159th Street in Washington Heights, Western View

    159th Street in Washington Heights, Eastern View


    1. I found your recipe on MeatlessMonday.com. I'm so excited to try it out. I love plantains!

    2. Thank you Jenne. I realy appreciate your comment. Hope you enjoy!