Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

 

5 from 4 votes
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Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Extremely ripe plantains mashed and deep fried into spicy cakes.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author fnonterah2018

Ingredients

  • 5 Ripe Plantains
  • 2 Cups Canola Oil (For deep fry)
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1/2 Pound Ginger Root
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Cut up the ripe plantains into little pieces
  2. Put in a blender together with all the other ingredients and blend until its a smooth puree
  3. With an ice cream scoop, fill up the scoop with the mix; you can also make the balls with your palm
  4. Deep fry them for about 10 minutes or until its like the above shown picture. And your Kaklo is ready to be devoured!

Recipe Notes

This week's recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.
I always looked forward to lunch on Fridays as a kid. Because I knew I was going to be eating either fried plantains or Kaklo with beans stew.

 

Kaklo
5 from 4 votes
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KAKLO (Ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Extremely ripe plantains mashed and deep fried into spicy cakes.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 350 kcal

Recipe Notes

This week's recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.
I always looked forward to lunch on Fridays as a kid. Because I knew I was going to be eating either fried plantains or Kaklo with beans stew.

Fried Rice

 

Fried Rice
5 from 5 votes
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Fried Rice

Cooked Basmati rice fried with onions, and other veggies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1 Sweet Red Pepper
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Home Made Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Medium Sized Carrots Shredded
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking your 3 cups of rice with the 3 the cups of water with a pinch of salt
  2. While the rice is cooking cut up your vegetables.
  3. Heat your oil in a skillet or a wok and pour your onions in a let it cook for 5 minutes
  4. Pour in your rice and stir for a few minutes and add in other other veggies
  5. Add seasoned salt and Oyster sauce and stir, your fried rice should be ready in about another 5-10 minutes. Serve with a salad and some chicken!

Recipe Notes

Fried rice is one of our favorite meals at home not only because its quick to make but also because its so delicious. I remember sometime 2 years ago was when I noticed my son will come up with a dance whenever I made it.

The picture above was my lunch for today, I ate it with chicken and Kaklo (would share the link soon). If you want to eat it the West African way serve it with some shitto , you can thank me later :).

ORANGE MARMALADE

 

JAM
5 from 6 votes
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Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade is a delicious spread used on bread crackers, scones, etc.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine ENGLISH
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 People
Calories 60 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ORANGES
  • 2 Cups SUGAR
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon
  • 2 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Remove the rind from the orange and set aside
  2. Put the orange fruit in a food processor and blend until its nice and smooth.
  3. Cut the orange rinds into fine small pieces and set aside.
  4. Separate the half lemon and chop up the rind into small fine pieces, chop up the other part of the lemon as well.
  5. Pour the sugar, water, rinds, orange and lemon in a cooking pan and boil at medium heat for about 25 minutes and lower for the last 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Today's recipe Orange Marmalade was my favorite spread on bread with a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate :). 
My older sister used to make, bottle and distribute different flavors back in Ghana when we were growing up. Although there was an abundance of it, I never got tired of eating my favorite marmalade mixed with butter on a nice soft bread.

Shitto (Hot Sauce)

 

Shitto
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Shitto

A hot and spicy hot sauce made in Ghana, and other part of West Africa. 

Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Powdered Shrimp
  • 1 Pound Powdered Bony Fish Or Anchovies
  • 1 Tbsp Powdered Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Bulb Onions Blended
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger root Blended
  • 1 Cube Maggie
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 14 oz Tomato Paste
  • 3 Habanero Pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by frying the blended onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add your blended ginger and let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add bony fish and shrimp powder and stir in the Maggie cube.
  4. Lower the stove and let it simmer for another 20-30 minutes and add your can of tomato paste.
  5. After about 7 minutes your world famous shitto is ready.

Recipe Notes

I know, the name is quite close to a certain bad word we all know, and actually a British TV network run a story on it in hilarious fashion.  However those who've tasted it know what the deal is, no other hot sauce in the world comes close.

Growing up, Shitto was a delicacy and we had it a few times a year. We would eat it with rice, Waakye, Kenkey, Banku; and can also be used as a dip for fries, spring rolls, dumplings, etc.

Sobolo

 

Sobolo
5 from 6 votes
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SOBOLO (JAMAICA DRINK)

This is a tropical drink made out of dried Hibiscus flowers. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Tropical
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 100 kcal
Author fnonterah2018

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Dried hibiscus/Jamaica
  • 2 Lemons
  • 10 Cups Water
  • 1-2 Cups Sugar Depends on how sweet you want it

Instructions

  1. Slightly Rinse the dried Hibiscus
  2. Boil the hibiscus dried leaves, lemon, water, and ginger in a pan for about 15 minutes
  3. Let it cool off for about 3-4 hours
  4. Strain the mixture into a pitcher, add sugar and 5 more cups of water and refrigerate for about 6 hours or overnight

Recipe Notes

Sobolo (Hibiscus Iced Tea) is a highly popular beverage in Ghana and other West African countries, slightly different from the Hibiscus tea/drink drunk in different parts of the world. It has been around for a  while but it really got popular in Ghana between 2004 and 2006. Now you can find it in almost any restaurant in Ghana or Nigeria.