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Plantain Balls (Plantain Pilées)

These plantain balls, or plantain pilé, are a popular dish in Gabon. They can be served either plain or with sauce!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine gabon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 291kcal


  • Knife
  • 2 Medium Pots
  • Potato Masher


  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 yellow/brown plantains
  • A pinch of salt


  • Peel the plantains and cut them into slices.
  • Heat up two pots of boiling water. In one pot, cook the green plantains until they are fork tender.
  • In the other pot, cook the yellow/brown plantains until they are fork tender.
  • Put both kinds of plantain in a bowl together and mash until smooth. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Use your hands to form the mashed plantains into large balls. You can wet your hands with water to keep the mixture from sticking. Allow them to cool , then slice.
  • You can serve with sauces if desired. Enjoy!


Recipe from The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Plantains: When picking out your plantains, make sure to choose 2 plantains that are green (unripe) and 2 that are yellow/brown color (ripe). Each have a very different flavor profile and you need a blend of each to get this recipe right.
  • The two different plantains must be cooked in separate pots because they cook at different rates based on their level of ripeness
  • For instructions on how to peel a plantain, check out this article on Tostones 
  • To cook the unripe plantains in the Instant Pot, peel them into 1-1.5 inch slices. Place them in the Instant Pot with 2 cups of water and secure the lid. Turn the cooking pressure to HIGH for 6 minutes. When the cook time has completed, perform a Quick Release.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 1191mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 2690IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg