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    Kele Wele

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    30 mins

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    15 mins

    Elmotoo's Note:

    This Ghanian (Western Africa) recipe is served as a dessert. Traditionally it's cooked in masses of hot oil. Don't skimp on the hot pepper; it won't bite in this dish!

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    1. 1
      Mix together the red pepper, salt, ginger, minced garlic, chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small bowl.
    2. 2
      Peel the plantains and cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place in a large bowl; add the spices and mix well to coat the plantains. If desired, place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to help develop the flavors.
    3. 3
      Heat some of the remaining oil in a large, heavy non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add plantains in a single layer. Sauté until browned, turn over and brown other side. Repeat until all the plantains are cooked.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 12, 2008


      Wow! This was really good! I usually do skimp on hot pepper but decided to trust, and it was great. Just right, really. I've never prepared plantains before, so I tasted it before cooking it. Can't say I'd recommend that! lol. Tasted like a bland sweet potato. But it sweetened up with the cooking and all the other flavors were so nice together with it. Thanks! Reviewed for Healthy Choices ABC tag.

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    • on July 01, 2008


      Since I just didn't feel like dealing with hot oil, I just grilled the plantains instead. This added a nice smokiness to them and some pretty grill marks. The savory/spiceiness of the recipe went well with the sweetness of the plantains. I served this alongside some Amarula ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce. It made for an elegant and exotic (for us!) dessert. made for ZWT4 Africa.

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    • on June 22, 2008


      Made & reviewed for ZWT 4 - Kumquat's Kookin' Kaboodles! I chose this unusual recipe for the Africa Dessert Challenge & am so glad I did. It is soooo good! I used homemade preserved ginger & drizzled a little of the syrup over the cooked plantains - delicious! Our family is used to the sweet / savoury combinations of African cooking so we all enjoyed this....Thanks Bethie for a lovely recipe :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Kele Wele

    Serving Size: 1 (86 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 198.9
    Calories from Fat 79
    Total Fat 8.8 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 586.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 14.6 g
    Protein 1.5 g

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