Turmeric Black Sesame Crusted Plantains




1 Ripe Plantain

2 inch piece of Turmeric root along with 1 large leaf

2 Tbsp Black Sesame Seeds  

2 cloves Garlic

1 Lime

Coconut Oil  (Grapeseed Oil is also a healthy alternative for sautéing and pan frying)

Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Nutmeg




Toast your Sesame Seeds to bring out more flavor and nutrition.

Toast your Sesame Seeds to bring out more flavor and nutrition.

Place the Black Sesame Seeds into a stainless steel or non-hazardous non-stick pan.  Allow them to toast over medium heat stirring constantly for about 3 minutes until you smell their volatile oils being released.

At this point you will add you Coconut Oil to the pan.  About 2 Tbsp or so.  You'll want to make sure the bottom of the pan you are using is coated evenly without having a pool of oil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the minced Turmeric root and minced Garlic.  You'll want to continue stirring frequently in order to ensure the Sesame Seeds, Turmeric and Garlic begin to slightly brown nicely without burning and becoming acrid.  This will take about 2-3 minutes.

Sprinkle a touch of Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and Cayenne over the Turmeric, Sesame, Garlic mixture then place slices of the Plantain on top of the Turmeric, Sesame, Garlic mixture and add another Tbsp of Coconut Oil.

The Plantains soaking up the flavor and aromas from the Sesame Seeds, Garlic and Turmeric.

The Plantains soaking up the flavor and aromas from the Sesame Seeds, Garlic and Turmeric.

After about 2 minutes the Plantains facing the pan should become soft and you can flip them over and allow them to cook for another 2 minutes.  When they are cooked through place them onto a serving plate.  Use a fork or small slotted spoon to pour the Sesame, Turmeric, Garlic mixture over the Plantains without any excess oil.

Julienned Turmeric leaves.

Julienned Turmeric leaves.

Julienne (thinly slice into strips) the Turmeric leaves and sprinkle over the hot Plantains and give each slice of Plantain 2 drops of Lime followed by a light dusting of Nutmeg.

Bon Appetit! 


Special Thanks to  Little Seed Gardens located in Chatham, NY for growing organic, delicious, love filled Turmeric.




The inaugural blog post for Break Bread Not Hearts is here!  This comes after years of countless hours at farmers markets, numerous crossroads and overcome obstacles within life and the never ending journey of soul searching.  The culmination of these processes and explorations is now an organization which will be the vehicle to effect change literally from the ground up.  

At the root of all flux is the unchanging aspect that we are all connected.  We must always remember and practice this.  In West African symbolism the Sankofa Bird represents the concept that as we move forward as communities and individuals reflecting upon the past will ensure a firm footing for all future endeavors.

Bluntly, in order to know where you're going you must know where you're coming from.

Urban eARTh  Photo from Chef D'Esprit

Urban eARTh

Photo from Chef D'Esprit

We all come from the earth right?  Time to time we may seem far removed, but agriculture is the constant reminder.  Well this past weekend while visiting one of my favorite farmers markets in Pleasantville, NY I stopped by Little Seed Gardens.  They are one of the prime examples of sustainable farming in New York state.  Their website states, "We are committed to agricultural practices that protect land and human resources, build biological diversity, and produce quality food for our local communities."  All of these ideals and more are certainly effectuated efficiently.

Last year Little Seed Gardens began growing ginger and I have employed its sweet and spicy pungency into dishes from oatmeal to various curries.  Knowing the similarities of ginger and turmeric as they both grow as rhizomes I inquired whether they would attempt growing turmeric as well.  Fast forward a year and there is now locally grown organic turmeric which exceeds any I've tasted or cooked with.

My dog China agrees with my opinion.  She was struck by a vehicle last year right as Hurricane Sandy commenced and turmeric was utilized in a holistic approach to heal her broken leg and wounds.  There will be more details to come on this event and healing process in a future post.


Chef tested, canine approved

Chef tested, canine approved

Claudia Kenny, one of the owners of Little Seed Gardens spotted me as soon as I approached the freshly harvested turmeric.  She then proceeds to hand me several stalks of turmeric and requested I come up with a recipe utilizing this precious root.  For that reason I have created this post.  

Turmeric's use has roots within Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, a traditional healing system developed by yogis in India many millennia ago.  Currently 94% of the worlds turmeric originates from India.  Studies have proven turmeric to almost be a panacea.  

  • Anti-inflammatory properties (Inflammation is now believed to be at the root of all chronic disorders) which mitigate arthritic and other conditions of chronic pain.
  • Curcuminoids the family of compounds responsible for turmeric's health promoting attributes are antioxidants.  Therefore, the liver the body's master organ which regulates and processes all substances from food and drugs to purifying the blood receives an extra detoxifying hand from turmeric's fingers.
  • One of the world's leading authorities on Ayurvedic medicine Vasant Lad states, "Turmeric gives the energy of the Divine Mother and grants prosperity.  It is effective for cleansing the chakras and purifying the channels of the subtle body."

I personally love to add turmeric into any dish I prepare and will dive deeper into the extensive health benefits this plant provides in a later article.   But for now in the following posts here are several recipes I've created using turmeric and love as the main ingredients.

Giovanni Green

Chef D'Amour