| Plantains, spices|
| Waakye, Kenkey, Banku, Shito, Fried plantain|
Kelewele is a popular Ghanaian food made of fried plantains seasoned with spices. In English, it is sometimes called Hot Plantain Crisps. Kelewele is similar to dodo of Nigeria. In Accra, kelewele is sold by street vendors, usually at night and sometimes in the afternoon by the country side women. It is sometimes served with beans stew, peanuts, or alone as a dessert. Kelewele is also popular for dinner.
Originally from Ghana, kelwele has been popularized in America by several recipe books (recipezaar, 2009)
The plantains are peeled and may be cut into chunks or cubes. Ginger, cayenne pepper, and salt are the typical spices used to make kelewele. However, onions, anise, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chili powder are also used as spices. Actually everyone has a secret spices to make their kelewele taste extraordinary, however commercial preparations exist that can simplify preparation and offer a standardized taste. The oil should be hot and the plantain not be too soft, or it will absorb too much oil. It is cooked until the sugar in the plantains caramelizes, with brown edges.