How to Prepare Ghana Kelewele or Aloco (Spicy Fried Plantain)

How to Prepare Ghana Kelewele or Aloco (Spicy Fried Plantain)


  • Preparation time
    15 minutes
  • Cooking time
    20 minutes
  • Total duration
    35 minutes

Kelewele or Aloco (Spicy Roasted Plantations): Mature African spicy roasted plantations that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It goes well with peanuts and as an accompaniment to any protein.

  • Course: apertizer
  • Cuisine: African
  • Calories: 301 kcal


  1. 4-6 ripe bananas with small black spots
  2. Cut 1/4 onions into pieces
  3. 1 teaspoon cayenne or chili
  4. 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger
  5. 1-2 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 teaspoon lemon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon powdered soup or small Maggie cube soup (optional)
  10. frying oil


  • Cut two banana ends with a sharp knife. This will make it easier to adhere to the banana peel. Cut a shallow line along the long seam of the banana,
  • Cut deep like a shell. Remove the banana peel by pulling it back.
  • Cut bananas into diagonal pieces and set aside.
  • Mix onion, ginger, garlic, in a mix or feeder, with enough water to facilitate stirring, then add cayenne, lemon, nutmeg, salt, and soup. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, combine the banana cubes and the spice mix
  • Allow it to stand for about 10 to 20 minutes to soak up the flavor.
  • Heat a large skillet or cast iron with 1.5-inch oil – medium-high heat until hot but steaming.
  • Fry the banana cubes in batches, turning them once, until golden, about 5 minutes. Do not overload the pan (this would make bananas moist and absorb excess oil
  • Fold the fried plantains with a loaf pan in a pan lined with paper towels.
  • Serve hot.


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