Caribbean Vibes: Fried Yellow Plantains {Vegan, GF}

Caribbean Vibes: Pan-Fried Yellow Plantains {Vegan, GF}

Pan-Fried Yellow Plantains are so easy and delicious! And with their crispy edges and lightly sweet flavor, they are the perfect side dish at any time.

When I was growing up, back in the Dominican Republic, I could clearly see in my family people having certain preferences. When gatherings came about, you either had a strong preference for stewed kidney beans, or you loved stewed pigeon peas. You either liked sweet cream of beans (made with red beans) or you ate the white version (made with broad beans) and the same was true for plantains. You either loved fritos maduros (fried yellow plantains) or you were team tostones (fried green plantains).

I remember always leaning towards “team tostones” (I love crunchy stuff!), but as I grew older I started to embrace those foods that were usually preferred by my sister, including pigeon peas and fried yellow plantains. Maybe is a sentimental thing. Who knows?!

When making fried yellow plantains, you need to choose the right ones, which will be yellow color and have very dark/black spots on them (like the picture below). The black spots are the perfect indicator that the plantains are ripe enough and perfect for this recipe. 


The perfect yellow plantain is also firm to the touch but no completely. It should feel ripe with a certain resistance. You don’t want a plantain that is too ripe (with the peel mostly black) because it will be difficult to slice, it won’t hold its shape when cooking, it will absorb a lot of oil and it will be mushy. If you have yellow plantains that are overly ripe, they won’t be good for this recipe but you can use them to make Vegan Banana Bread (using yellow plantains instead!)


When you go to certain supermarkets, you sometimes see yellow plantain with a perfect bright yellow peel. If you buy those, wait for a few days until it ripens a bit more and you can see black spots. If you cook them right away, the fried yellow plantains won’t have the soft interior and caramelized flavor that is so characteristic.

Caribbean Vibes: Pan-Fried Yellow Plantains {Vegan, GF}

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean, Dominican Republic


  • 3 Ripe Yellow Plantains
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  • Before starting, have a plate with paper towels ready in the counter to drain excess oil.
  • Heat the vegetable oil
  • Peel and cut the yellow plantains as desired (lengthwise, round or at an angle)
  • Fry the plantain slices over medium-low heat until brown on the bottom. Turn over and cook the other size until golden brown.
  • Carefully remove the plantains fron the oil, with the help of tongs or a slotted spoon, and place over paper towels to drain for a minute or two.
  • You can now season with a pinch of salt, if desired. Preferably, serve immediately.
Keyword caribbean, Plantains

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Savory Hamantaschen Round-Up: Top 10

Today is all about Hamantaschen Round Ups, so in this blog post you’ll find our 10 Favorite Savory Hamantaschen from the Bloghosphere!!

Do you have more of a sweet tooth? Check Out: Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up

This is guarantee to make you drool! To go to the recipe, just click on the title!
Let’s start!

1. Pretzel & Hot Dog Hamantaschen

This probably would be the most kid-friendly hamantaschen within the savory selection. Yum!

2. Shashookah Hamantaschen

Homemade Pita dough with Shashookah! Genius!

3. Cheese & Vegetable Pasty

4. Pulled BBQ Brisket

This should be the new classic hamantaschen!

5. Salt & Vinegar Potato Knish

6. Caramelized Onions hamantaschen

OMG! I love caramelized onions! And, these babies have also cheese and tomato which creates the perfect balance.

7. Lox & Cream Cheese

Which one is more popular? Brisket or Lox? While we solve the mystery, let both be “the new classic”. I just can’t decide!

8. Corn Dog

Love this totally different dough made with corn flour

9. Cheesy Jalapeño

Anything with cheese would be amazing for me, but I can’t eat jalapenos, so I would use bell peppers instead. Why not?

10. Vegan Savory with Spinach

Of course, I couldn’t let this behind! Even though I am not vegan, I enjoy vegan food, and there are times when I also miss it, and I am almost certain, nobody will tell these babies are vegan!

Do you know any other savory hamantaschen we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section so we can add it!

Happy Purim!

Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up: Top 10

Today is all about Hamantaschen, so bare with me as I present to you our Sweet Hamantaschen Round Up from the Bloghosphere! Yay!

Are you more of a Savory folk? Check Out: Savory Hamantaschen Round-Up

To go to the recipe, just click on the title!
Let’s start!

1. Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Hamantaschen

Chocolate Chip cookie dough with halva filling and chocolate drizzle. Sound, look and must taste good.

2. German Chocolate with Coconut Cream

I particularly love this concoction: chocolate, cream of coconut and pecans! Sounds like a dream come true. Yum!

3. Cannoli Hamantaschen

This is definitely a dream come true for the dairy lover. Both, the dough and the filling have cheese and it also features chocolate chips. De-li-cious!

4. BabkaTaschen

This is more of a soft dough, more bread like (of course, is babka inspired), so if you want to get out of the ordinary definitely try this one.

5. Churro Hamantaschen with Dulce de Leche

Churro + Dulce de Leche = Perfection.

6. Funfetti Cheesecake

Super festive looking funfetti cookie dough with cheesecake filling. The perfect looking cookie for purim.

7. Krembo

Until I was preparing this list I didn’t know what krembo was, so don’t feel bad if you didn’t know either. Anyways, this combo is what my childhood dreams were made of: crunchy biscuit on the bottom, meringue on top and all coated with glorious chocolate. Yum-my!

8. Cookies & Cream

This one is self-explanatory 🙂

9. Rosemary-Almond Ice Cream filled Hamantaschen

Another fancy take on hamantaschen that sounds perfect for any artistic soul out there, or any ice cream lover really.

10. 4-ingredients Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

These might not be the prettiest, but they are definitely the easiest, plus they need just 4 ingredients (and flour is not one of them!)

Do you know any other sweet hamantaschen that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section so we can add it!

Happy Purim!

4-Ingredients Peanut Butter Hamantaschen {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

You read that right; you just need 4 ingredients to make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen.

A few days ago I was taking care of my son and niece, and they wanted not just to eat cookies but to make them; and the easiest cookies I could think of was the Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.

Mid-way to the process of gathering the few ingredients I thought, why not to make them “purim style” in the shape of hamantaschen? So… we made Peanut Butter Hamantaschen with Chocolate Chips as filling.

To be honest with you, I felt like cheating because this is pure and simple the old peanut butter cookies with a new shape, but this is one of those “oldie but goodie recipe” and if you are looking for something quick to do, you might find this twist useful.

How to make the Peanut Butter hamantaschen

To make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen you’ll need peanut butter, eggs, sugar and chocolate chips (or your filling of preference). The process couldn’t be easier, just mix peanut butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl and mix with a fork until it forms a thick batter.

Then, scoop out your portions (I weighed mine 25 grams each) and you are ready to shape.

To shape the hamantaschen, take one portion of your cookies dough and flatten it out the better you can as a circle. Then, pinch the center with a fork and place a few chocolate chips in the center. Finally, fold in the edges until you have a triangle.

You may also like Classic Hamantaschen & Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up

What you need to do next is to bake these goodies over parchment paper and enjoy! 🙂 Bake at 180ºC (350ºF) for approximately 12 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly brown. Let them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before munching!

When you make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen, don’t forget to tag #kasheribbean on social media and, don’t forget to follow on instagram and pinterest to keep up with more easy recipes!

If you are short on time and your kids love peanut butter, or if you are simply looking for an easy recipe to do with them, this would be perfect for you. Even though these don’t look super pretty, I really enjoyed my time in the kitchen with the little ones and they had fun! It was also an opportunity to introduce them to a new activity (and who knows?! They might enjoy it as well in the future!) and the cookies disappeared quickly.

Now, tell me, what other fillings will you use for these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen? Let me know in the comment section below!!

Happy Purim!! 😉

Classic Hamantaschen {Dairy-Free}

These are probably the easiest crunchy on the outside and cake-y on the inside Classic Hamantaschen.

The other day I was updating some old posts, and because Purim is coming soon I decided to start with the Purim section of the blog, just to realize I haven’t written any Purim-related post yet! (How is that even possible?! Big Oops!) Thankfully, I am not too late to share the easiest Classic Hamantaschen.

I love this hamantaschen dough because it is:

Easy to make,
No need equipment. Just basically a bowl, a whisk and an oven.

It is made with simple, accessible ingredients.
Seven to be exact.

Making the dough

To make these Classic Hamantaschen, you’ll need the most basic ingredients for baking: Flour, sugar, eggs, oil and some flavorings. In this particular recipe I used melted coconut oil to avoid the vegetable oil, but you can use that instead if you prefer.

What I love the most about these cookies is that you don’t need a stand-mixer or hand mixer. Your hands, a whisk and a bowl will do the trick.

Regarding the steps, all you have to do is mix all ingredients (except flour) in a bowl. Then, incorporate most of the flour, making sure there is not dry bits when you finish mixing. Finally, add the last 50 grams or so and work the dough lightly with your hands to finish mixing, always making sure you don’t overwork it.

A lot of people ask, “how do I weight eggs?” Here in USA, you’ll find a standard large eggs is 50 grams and, an extra large will be approximately 55 grams. To measure by weight start by cracking eggs until you are close the amount you want. If you are short for a few grams, take another egg, whisk it on a separate bowl and then weight with the rest.

Shaping the hamantaschen

This is not your typical cookie dough, so it is slightly sticky which make it a bit challenging to work on any surface. In my experience it is actually easier to shape in my hands. It might be helpful to use gloves or just lighly oil your palms before starting.

All you have to do is place one dolups  in your hand, flatten it out to form a circle, then place the jam on the center and fold in the edges to form a triangle.

For these hamantaschen I used store-bought No-sugar added Cherry Jam I had on hand, but you can easily made a yummy filling with frozen berries. Just cook the frozen fruits on low, stirring constantly, until you get a thick jam like the one below I made a few days ago with frozen strawberries and frozen raspberries with no-sugar added.

Homemade No-Sugar Added Strawberry-Raspberry Jam

You may also like Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up & Savory Hamantaschen Round Up

When you make these Classic Hamantaschen, don’t forget to tag #kasheribbean on social media and, don’t forget to follow on instagram and pinterest to keep up with more easy recipes!

So, now, tell me, what is your favorite filling for these yummy Purim cookies? Be bold and let us know in the comment section below!!

Until next time! 😉