Cut the plantain(s) and carrot(s) in bite-size pieces. Place the pieces in the blender along with all of the remaining ingredients.Blend on low to get the blender going, then gradually increase the speed to the highest level. Blend for 6 minutes and 30 seconds. The blender will cook the porridge. It will also stop on its own if you forget to turn it off. Pour the porridge into a cup (if on the go) or bowl to enjoy at home. Enjoy warm with bread (optional).
Stove Top Version
Peel the plantain and carrot or leave the skin on. cut into ½ inch slices. In the blender, puree the plantain and carrot with 1 ½ cup water. Set aside. In a medium saucepan on low heat, boil the water (1 cup), star anise, and cinnamon sticks. Once blended, add plantain puree and bring to a boil on low medium heat. Add evaporated milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and lime zest. Cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Stirring occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Enjoy warm, preferably with bread as traditionally served.
For Labouyi Bannann (Haitian Plantain Porridge)