Kelewele (Spicy Fried Plantains)


Kelewele, or spicy fried plantains, are a favorite snack in the West African country of Ghana.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks

  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger, or more to taste

  • 2 whole cloves, crushed

  • 5 ripe plantains, diced into 1/3-inch chunks

  • 3 tablespoons ground chile pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. While the oil is heating, purée onion in a blender until smooth. Stir in ginger and cloves.

  3. Place plantains in a bowl and pour onion mixture over top. Add chile pepper and salt; mix until plantains are coated.

  4. Fry plantains in the hot oil until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-line plate.


Yellow plantains are also suitable to use. You can grate onion with a box grater if you don't have a blender.

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)

386 Calories
28g Fat
37g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 580mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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