Boiled green banana with tuna & veg stew {recipe}

Hiya, today’s post shares a 1-pot recipe, where green banana is the main feature. In The Caribbean, this is a staple you can boil whole, boil an’ slice, boil and mash, or slice n’ fry, then top with a stew, or add to a plate as a ‘side.’ Yum! Almost every neighbourhood has some o’ these trees, and they’re in abundance in the countryside here in Barbados.

Rich in:

Vitamin B6, iron, fiber and tryptophan, boiled green banana is like a broom for the tummy and colon. When you boil them whole and peel off the skin, it’s sticky – almost like glue and you gotta wash your hands like 3 times with soap to get it off, so that’s what helps it to collect any junk in your system, clear your digestive tract, and ummm – ‘lighten‘ your day (let’s just put it like that.)

Green banana, pawpaw, okra, teeny sweet peppers, chives, sweet basil, sugarcane, and sugar apples. 

I usually boil them whole, juck with a fork a few times so it cooks all the way through. then peel when ready to eat, but this time – peeled first then sliced into chunks and boiled, so they’d cook faster. If they’re sliced too fine, they’ll be more suited for a mash.


{Serves 3}

water (for boiling)
11 green bananas 1 can of tuna (in water)
 4 chives (finely diced)
1 and 1/2 tbsp of oil (Olive preferably. Palm oil is real nice for this dish too)
1 tomato (diced)
1/3 can of corn
1 onion (diced)
salt (1 tbsp added to water to boil green banana. 1 generous pinch to stew)
1small sweet pepper (finely chopped)
2 pinches curry
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 pinch garam masala
sliced in chunks and boiled
  1. Add salt to water in pot, and bring a boil. 2. Add green banana chunks to the pot, and cook until soft-to-medium tender (more on the medium side.) 3. Meanwhile, prep tuna in a bowl: add some of the curry, turmeric, garam masala and 1/4 of the diced onion to the same bowl; mix and cover. 4. With the green banana still boiling, heat a frying pan and set on another burner. Add the oil – let sit for a minute, then add the rest of the onion, chives, curry spices, and let the aroma resonate in the kitchen for 3 minutes. 5. Now, the tomato and 2 minutes after, the tuna. Sprinkle salt to taste, and stir. Check the green banana, and remove from heat when they’re cooked all the way through, yet not smooshy (that’s a whole other delicious dish.) * Gently peel off the skin (if you boiled them whole) and dice. 6. As a final touch to tuna in the frying pan, include the corn and stir. Add a little water to make a stew from the softening tomato. 7. Pour in (drained) green banana, mix everything well so the stew fuses with the staple. Remove from heat. Set on a plate – and enjoy.

A few small splash of pepper sauce makes this dish sing!

Substitute for tuna: black beans

It’s really filling, as green banana is kinda tough and because it’s so fibrous, you can eat in small portions and this same amount of ingredients may be able to feed 4 people instead of 3, especially with a small salad or slice of zaboca (avocado.) When I heated the leftovers up the next day, I fried some sliced okras and sprinkled them on top – that was pretty nice!

If you try this dish and happen to ‘over-boil’ the green banana so it starts to break into smaller bits in the pot, no worries – just smoosh it with the back of a fork or use a potato masher – mix in with tuna and veg, add a l’il flour, shape into a patty, lightly flour the outside, heat some oil in a pan, and make into ‘fries.’


Boiled green banana with tuna & veg stew {recipe} by: Indra

Posted by

Your life has a purpose way beyond your to-do list. Join the journey here for gentle reminders. Indra is a blogger, songwriter, singer and homecook from Barbados. Joyful Life|Creative Calling shares content steps for the creatively-inclined, encouragement, interviews and happy home life moments. If you're called to reset the quality, pace and volume of your life for the better, there are plenty posts with hopefully-helpful tips. As a teen, she almost gave up on life. Now as a woman saved by grace, she lives with purpose, writing, editing and recording while enjoying the kitchen, garden and long walks. Feel free to join the journey and click subscribe, for firsthand updates on new posts, guest features and encouragement along the way.

6 thoughts on “Boiled green banana with tuna & veg stew {recipe}

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.