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Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Side Dish, Veggies | 0 comments



I was telling you earlier about the red-red stew,which is a traditional dish of Ghana.I found out that, this  stew is often served with spicy fried plantains.I had the opportunity to taste the fried plantain last year at Disney world.Odd place  for the memory of such eating you might think ha !

We had a meal with characters at Tusker house,in the African village.Buffet was the international spread of food.I must have eaten my weigh out.I had to try everything i saw.Gluttony is the word comes in my mind!

Kele Wele |

Kele Wele |

I don’t know if what i tasted was kelewele but i do know i was hooked to fried plantain ever since.My family not so much.Today when i prepared it,me and my little boy were the only  one who cared for it.And for the record that does not stop me from making this dish again :-).My hope is that they may get used to it through me someday !

Let me tell you couple of things about this dish.

  • First plantain.Many people confuse it with ‘raw’ banana.It is NOT.It looks like that.It is placed next to banana in the produce aisle but it is not raw green banana .Just as ‘Tomatillos  are NOT green tomatoes, plantains are NOT raw bananas !I am emphasizing it only because i don’t want you to make a mistake of buying green  banana thinking of it as ‘plantain’.So read the label 🙂
  • Plantains are GREAT substitute for many potato dish,and is good for you.I am not saying that you should make mashed plantain instead of mashed potatoes but you can make roasted/shallow fry plantain instead of roasted potatoes.
  • It gets tough as it cools,so the plantain dishes must be devoured when it is hot.
  • For Kelewele,you use ripe banana.This dish has a unique contrasting flavor of sweet ripe plantain with hot spices(yes you do need it spicy).Best is when it right out from the stove.
  • Dish is fried but i just pan fried it.
Kelewele |

Kelewele |

Kele Wele


  1. 1 ripe plantain
  2. 1/2 onion fine chopped
  3. 2 cloves of minced garlic
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  5. 1 teaspoon paprika
  6. cayenne pepper to your taste
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. oil


  1. My plantain looked bit unripe.So i microwaved it for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Peel and slice the plantain in small pieces.
  3. In a pan,heat oil and add rest of the ingredients,except plantain.
  4. Add sliced plantain.Season it with salt.
  5. Let it get brown and crispy outside.
  6. Enjoy it hot with red-red stew or side dish.



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