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Kelewele (Spicy Fried Plantains)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"These fried spiced plantains are a favorite snack in the West African country of Ghana."
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15 m servings 400
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place plantains in a bowl.
  2. Puree onion in a blender until smooth. Stir in ginger and cloves; pour mixture over the plantains. Mix in ground chile pepper and salt. Stir to coat plantains.
  3. Place plantains in the hot oil; fry until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Yellow plantains are also suitable to use.
  • Onion may be grated or blended.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 400 calories; 28.5 38.9 2.1 0 25 Full nutrition

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I used a sprinkling of cayenne pepper instead of the chili pepper ( because that was what I had on hand). My frying time was somewhat longer than the 5 minutes described ( because my family like...