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Kelewele Recipe Ghana Spicy Fried Plantains

Kelewele (pronounced Kay-lay-way-lay) is a popular Ghanaian dish made with fried plantains seasoned with spices. It is often served with rice and bean stew or alone as a vegetarian dessert or snack.

Kelewele Recipe (Ghana – Spicy Fried Plantains)

Kelewele (pronounced Kay-lay-way-lay) is a popular Ghanaian dish made with fried plantains seasoned with spices. It is often served with rice and bean stew or alone as a vegetarian dessert or snack.

  • 4-6 plantains (ripe but not past ripe, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes)
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper or ½ teaspoon of red-pepper
  • ½ tsp peeled grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs water
  • Palm oil or vegetable oil to fry
  1. Grate and mix ginger root, pepper, and salt in water.

  2. Toss plantain and spice mixture together in a bowl.

  3. Using a deep skillet, heat oil (it needs to be deep enough to allow plantains to float) to 350 degrees. Fry plantains, turning once, until golden brown on both sides.)

  4. Drain plantains on paper towels and keep in warmed oven until all the plantains are fried.

*Tip: Don’t fry them all at once; they should not touch each other while frying.