Kelewele/Spicey & Fried Plantain Snacks

Kelewele - CopyKelewele (Kele-wele) is a spicy snack often sold by street vendors in the early evenings. I tend to think it originated from Ghana because We have always had it as long as I can remember. Different countries have adopted this recipe and have different variations of it. The Ghanaian Kelewele is very simple and made with ripe plantain, fresh ginger, pepper,  and salt as the main  spices, however some people add clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices to increase the intensity and flavor of the plantains. Some use water, others use lime juice and yet people like me add no liquid at all. I normally slice the plantains and toss them in the spice mix, let them sit for about ten minutes before frying.

Why You Should Eat Kelewele

Fried plantains are sweet and can and versatile. Once made into kelewele, they can be eaten as a snack, as a side to a main meal, for dessert or as a main meal. Aside from that it is low in carbohydrate and high in fiber and iron.

 

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