Tuesday, 28 July 2015


'Kelewele' is a popular, street snack from Ghana, which is made from ripened Plantain mixed with spices and it's readily available in most street corners each evening. 

Interestingly, they're only available each evening till late and hardly during the day ( I stand corrected if that has changed recently).  Whenever next you're Ghana, why not enquire about it or better still make your own 'Kelewele' by following this simple recipe. 

You can be addicted to this crunchy & soft candy like texture , sweet & spicy snack. 
In this recipe I've  used my 'herbs' of the season 'Pineapple Sage' and 'Thyme', however be creative and try incorporating different flavours to this recipe. The herbs are optional (hence you can do without). Add any herb or spices that you prefer, Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram etc or  spices like Cumin, Anjwan seeds, dill seeds etc..

Most ingredients are readily available in your local supermarkets or specialist Grocers  

Herby Ginger mix

35g of fresh Ginger
1 small clove of garlic
1 large shallot or  medium size, white onion
1 JalapeƱo Pepper or half a habanero chilli
2 Juniper berries (Optional)
4 Pineapple Sage leaves (Optional)
10g of fresh Thyme (Optional)

Place the above in a blender.
Add a little water if required (helps with blending) 
Blend till smooth and set aside.

Half a teaspoon of red chilli powder 
Half a teaspoon of mixed spices (with a clove and pimento base) or (Ghana mixed spice.
Salt to taste
2 large ripened Plantain cut into cubes
600ml of Groundnut oil. 

Add the cubed Plantain to a bowl
Add the chilli powder and mixed spice
Add 2 tablespoonful of the Ginger mix
Salt to taste and mix till well combined. 
See below;

Pour the oil into a saucepan and place on a medium heat for 3 minutes

Add the spiced Plantain cubes and fry for about 7-8 minutes ( making sure you stir to allow an even cook)

Using a slotted spoon, remove the golden coloured Plantain nuggets 'Kelewele' into a colander, covered with kitchen blotting paper, to absorb any excess oil.

Serve with roasted Peanuts and savour each nugget with a glass of freshly blended Pineapple juice. 

Click on the link below and watch the full video on my YouTube page, Ndudu by Fafa. 

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