This is a side dish most Polynesians love to eat with their main dish. Here in America, it's made with green bananas. Serve with Samoan palusami, teriyaki chicken, or steak. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the coconut milk and onion in a bowl; set aside.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Boil the bananas in their skin for 30 to 40 minutes; drain. Run the bananas under cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Remove the bananas whole from their skins.

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Place the bananas in the pan. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the bananas. Cook until the coconut milk is foamy. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

489 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 33.1g 11% DV; fat 41.7g 64% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 26mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2009
Growing up I always had to peel the green bananas with a stick or the back of a butter knife, this was very easy - BUT it's WAYYYY too much coconut milk for 6 bananas, for 6 bananas I'd only use a can of coconut milk (or cream) and maybe 1/4 onion, but I've never made small quantities of this stuff (always for family occasions and my dad usually makes it), but this was easy. Make sure your bananas are GREEN, if they're even the slightest yellow they're ripening and it won't be the same - you do need to add salt. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/09/2009
We did not care for this. Perhaps the bananas weren't green enough but the flavors didn't mix well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2009
Growing up I always had to peel the green bananas with a stick or the back of a butter knife, this was very easy - BUT it's WAYYYY too much coconut milk for 6 bananas, for 6 bananas I'd only use a can of coconut milk (or cream) and maybe 1/4 onion, but I've never made small quantities of this stuff (always for family occasions and my dad usually makes it), but this was easy. Make sure your bananas are GREEN, if they're even the slightest yellow they're ripening and it won't be the same - you do need to add salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
This was awesome though I added my own touches as I did not think the onions would be cooked enough for me so after boiling and peeling bananas I lightly sauteed the onion in coconut oil (so as not to deviate from the original taste) and also lightly sauteed the cooke bananas. When the onions and edges of bananas were lightly brown and the pan was extremely hot I poured in a lite coating of coconut milk then did it again until all the bananas were covered with a lite creamy coating of the milk then I seasoned with salt and Adobo. Let me tell you we went WILD over them. They were AWESOME. This is my new picnic food instead of potato salad! Much more nutritious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
Mmmm...that is good. I live in a town with alot of Samoans. And we have barbeque's all the time. And they bring Samoan food and its yummy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/09/2009
We did not care for this. Perhaps the bananas weren't green enough but the flavors didn't mix well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2009
Oh thank you soooo much for posting this. When I was younger and we had a big family get together there were always made. They're harder to come by now but luckily you posted this. I love eating this with corned beef and ketchup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2017
I had this for the first time at the Polynesian cultural Center here in Oahu. I could not believe how delicious it is. The others are correct you have to use green apple bananas are very small green bananas. I also only use one can of coconut milk when I prepare mine And add a pinch of salt. It's a savory side of bananas your taste buds will thank you for! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2017
I live in Hawaii so we have access to most of the normal ingredients can you post the original recipe instead of mainland substitutes? Mahalos Read More