Kelewele Recipe

(Ghana – Spicy Fried Plantains)

Kelewele (pronounced Kay-lay-way-lay) is a popular Ghanaian dish made with fried plantains seasoned with spices. It is often served with rice and bean stew or alone as a vegetarian dessert or snack.

– Course Dessert    :      Snack
– Cuisine                   :     Ghanaian
– Prep Time              :    15 minutes
– Cook Time             :    15 minutes
– Total Time             :     30 minutes


  • 4-6 plantains ripe but not past ripe, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper or ½ teaspoon of red-pepper
  • ½ tsp peeled grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs water
  • Palm oil or vegetable oil to fry


1.  Prepare the egusi paste:

2.  Blend egusi seeds and onion mixture. Set aside.

1.  Grate and mix ginger root, pepper, and salt in water.

2.  Toss plantain and spice mixture together in a bowl.

3.  Using a deep skillet, heat oil (it needs to be deep enough to allow plantains to float) to 350 degrees. Fry plantains, turning once, until golden brown
on both sides.)

4.  Drain plantains on paper towels and keep in warmed oven until all the plantains are fried.