Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

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Kaklo, this week’s recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.

This is different from fried plantains aka Kelewele.

The difference is that Kaklo is made cornflour and Kelewele is not.

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.

The day you try this recipe you’ll feel cheated because it took you so long to find out about this wonderful recipe.

Also, don’t keep this recipe to yourself share it with your guests,  spices can found on Amazon.

Kaklo
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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!

 

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

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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!

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 .

If you want to eat it the West African way serve it with some shitto , you can thank me later :).

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ORANGE MARMALADE

Orange Marmalade

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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 warm soft bread.

I could have it for breakfast every day of the week.

However, I can’t do that at this point in my life, I have to watch what I eat.

My favorite bread to use this great spread on is the West African famous Ghana Sugar Bread.

Once you try it let me know how it goes.

The best marmalades can be found at your local Farmer’s Markets or on Amazon.

ORANGE MARMALADE
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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.

Shitto (Ghana Hot Sauce)

Shitto (Ghana Hot Sauce)

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I know, the name Shitto (Ghana Hot Sauce) is quite close to a certain bad word we all know, and actually, a British TV network ran a story on it in a 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. But now we have it at least once a month.

But when I shipped off to boarding while in High School Shitto was a go-to sauce that we ate with everything!

We would eat it with rice, Waakye, Kenkey, Banku; and can also be used as a dip for fries, spring rolls, dumplings, etc.

Serve this world-famous Shitto with Fried rice you bought from the corner store or made at home.

Most of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, except maybe the shrimp powder.

Shitto (Ghana Hot Sauce)
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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.



Sobolo (Jamaica De Agua)

 

Sobolo (Jamaica De Agua)

Sobolo
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SOBOLO (JAMAICA DRINK)

Or Jamaica 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
  • 1/2 Pound Ginger

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

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Sobolo (Jamaica De Agua), Hibiscus Tea, Bissap is a highly popular beverage in Ghana and other West African countries.

It is 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.

You can switch things up by serving your guests with Sobolo they’ll be so grateful! Serve this refreshing drink with Jollof or fried rice.

Sobolo also has a lot of health benefits: Lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol; it’s also rich in anti-oxidants.

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West African-Style Bongo Chicken

West African-Style Bongo Chicken

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West African-Style Bongo Chicken

Bongo Chicken is a West African-Inspired recipe that I crested with a collection of different spices.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Keyword West African-Style Bongo Chicken
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 5
Calories 1200 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 2 Habanero Peppers
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/8 Pound Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Creole Seasoning You can use seasoned salt or Adobo Seasoning as a substitute.
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Whole Chicken (Medium)

 

West African-Style Bongo Chicken is very dear to my heart because I created it myself.

I got the name from an African drum set called Bongo drums or Congas.

Back when I was in college at Philadelphia, I would make Bongo Chicken and my friends loved it!

I used to think to myself I need to give this recipe a name. So since I loved the congas I figured I’ll come up with my own name. So that’s the story behind this great recipe.

Serve the freshly West African-Style Bongo Chicken recipe with a bowl of rice, potatoes, pasta, or your favorite side dish.

The ingredients can be found at your local supermarket or by using this Amazon link.

Amazon has been a blessing during this self-isolation period because you can purchase almost anything from there.