Recipe: kelewele from Chalé! Let’s Eat

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Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 00:00

Alicia Ama, of Chalé! Let’s Eat, a Ghanaian pop-up food stall, shares her recipe for the spicy Ghanaian dish, kelewele

The smell of this dish is too good; it may attract family, neighbours and exes and, or, raise the dead
Alicia Ama, Chalé! Let’s Eat


This recipe serves two as a snack, or four as a side.

  • 3 plantains (going black)
  • 2 knobs fresh ginger
  • 1 Scotch bonnet
  • salt
  • 1 tsp ground cloves or cinnamon powder
  • vegetable oil
  • roasted peanuts



  1. Peel and chop three soft plantains, yellow but going black, into small chunks
  2. In a blender, puree together 2 knobs of fresh ginger and 1 Scotch bonnet. Add a little water to get a smooth paste
  3. Pour this paste onto the plantains and mix
  4. Add salt to taste, and 1 tsp ground cloves or cinnamon powder (or both if you're like me!) to the plantain 
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pan 
  6. Dip one of your plantain pieces into the oil. If the oil is ready, the plantain will sizzle and rise up and float as it cooks. Fry the rest of the plantain until golden brown
  7. Remove the excess oil by draining on kitchen roll
  8. Sprinkle some roasted peanuts on top and eat the kelewele immediately.



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