Ghana Kelewele are the familiar fried plantains but with a twist. These little treats are first drenched with some cayenne and ginger for a lovey flavor and kick. These should be made with ripe plantains for the most delicious result. The name kelewele is pronouced kay-lay-way-lay. These are a wonderful snack, appetizer or dessert, Enjoy!
Ghana Kelewele (Fried Plantains)
- 4 plantains ripe but not past ripe, peeled and cut into bite-sized slices
- 1-2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper or ½ teaspoon of red-pepper
- ½ teaspoon peeled grated fresh gingerroot
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons water
- Palm oil or vegetable oil to fry
- chopped roasted peanuts to garnish
- ) Grind together grated ginger root, pepper, and salt and mix them in water
- ) In a glass bowl toss together the plantain cubes and spice mixture
- ) In a deep skillet, heat oil (just deep enough to allow plantains to float) to 350 degrees. Fry plantains, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Fry in batches, don't overcrowd the pan.
- ) Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with peanuts
- Serve kelewele immediately and enjoy!