Sunday, 21 December 2014

Recipe for 'Kelewele' (Spiced cubed ripened Plantain)

'Kelewele' (cubed and spiced ripened Plantain) is a famous street food in Ghana. Interestingly it's available in the evenings and by 6pm there are long queues for this Ghanaian delicacy. Paying homage to all the 'Kelewele' sellers in Ghana, here is a simple and quick to follow recipe. 

Serves 6

4 Ripened plantains cut in cubes
1 teaspoon of all spice mix
Half a teaspoon of powdered red chilli
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 tablespoon of finely diced onion
Half a teaspoon of oregano (Optional)

1 litre of vegetable oil. 


In a bowl add the spice mix, powdered chilli, ginger, onion and (optional) oregano.
Add the diced Plantain and mix well. 
Place a saucepan with the vegetable oil on a medium heat till it's hot or reaches 190*c

Add the spiced Plantain and fry till it's golden which should take about 4 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the golden and caramelised looking Plantain to a clean kitchen napkin to blot the excess oil.
Serve warm and enjoy with a Chilled bottle of beer (Club, Guilder or Star beer) or better still a chilled calabash full of fresh Palm wine.