Machuca is a staple of the Garifuna, descendants of intermarried Africans and Carib natives who live on the Atlantic coast of Central America. It's a sticky, satisfying mash of sweet and green plantains, rolled into bites and dunked into flavorful soups, similar to the fufus of West Africa.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 3large green plantains
- 1large ripe plantain
Step 1Peel the plantains, cut them into 3-inch chunks and place them in a pot with well-salted water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the plantains are easily pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 2Drain, keeping 1/2 cup of the water, and pound the plantains to a purée in a large mortar, or purée in a food processor until nearly smooth with some small chunks. The texture should be a bit like chewy mashed potatoes. Add a few tablespoons of the cooking water while puréeing if needed to keep it soft, and season with salt to taste. Keep warm, and serve with hudutu.