KELEWELE: The traditional Ghanaian spiced Plantain snack

‘Kelewele’ is a popular Gluten free, Ghanaian street food snack made from ripened Plantain and ground spices.
The whiff of the wood fire smell mixed with sweet and aromatic greasy smell of the fried spicy Kelewele when bought on the streets of Ghana is an experience to behold.

Interestingly, Kelewele is only available each evening till late and hardly during the day ( I stand corrected if that has changed recently).

Whenever next you’re Ghana, why not enquire about it or better still make your own ‘Kelewele’ by following this simple recipe.

I’ve read on a few occasions  where individuals are having  difficulty in getting the spices to stick to the ripened Plantain when fried.


Kelewele has an aromatic, spicy candy like flavour. You can reduce the amount of Chillies to suit your personal preference.

The video includes  hacks to ensuring your Plantain is well spiced and how to get the spices to stick to the Plantain.

Please share the video as it might help someone. To make this traditional Ghanaian snack you will need the following;


2 large ripened Plantain

1 medium sized Onion

1 teaspoon of Aniseed

1 Calabash Nutmeg or 6 Allspice pods

10 cloves

1 tablespoon of Black Peppercorns

1 Habanero Chilli or 5 dried Red Chillies

30g of fresh Ginger

Salt to taste



Serve with roasted Groundnuts or Peanuts and a glass of your favourite homemade Lemonade or Watermelon Lemonade. See recipe below;


Watch how to prepare this traditional Vegetarian, Gluten free and Ghanaian street food snack below;

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