Kelewele recipe – How to make Kelewele (Spicy fried plantain cubes)

How to make KeleWele (Kelewele recipe – Spicy fried plantain cubes)

Kelewele pronounced kele-wele is spicy plantain cubes seasoned with ginger, onions, cayenne pepper, and salt.

Kelewele straight out of hot oil.

Spicy fried plantain cubes is a popular and favorite street food in Ghana made out of riped plantains, sold by vendors at night times.

Kelewele is sold at night times because it gets really hot in the day; the average temperature in Accra is about 87 degrees Fahrenheit or 30 degrees Celsius.

Plantains are not bananas although they may look like them.  Bananas are eaten raw 90 percent of the time. Plantains can also be eaten raw but that’s rare.

There was a popular joint in  Accra called Labone Junction Kelewele, I have to admit that was the best I’ve had until I perfected the art.

My parents made sure we knew it was a treat anytime we were taken there. So we will not request to go there on consecutive days.

Serve this great dish with your favorite African cuisines like Waakye or Jollof.

Here’s a kelewele recipe you will enjoy.

5 from 19 votes


Is cubed spicy fried plantains fried in hot oil

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Tropical, West African
Keyword Kelewele
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 People


  • 3 Ripe Plantains
  • 1/2 Bulb Onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Ginger
  • 5 Tsp Water
  • Canola Oil for deep frying


  1. Cut the plantains in two and then chop them up into cubes

    Fresh Ripe Plantains
  2. Add your dry ingredients together and then blend your water, onions, and ginger. After blending mix all the ingredients.

  3. Add the spices to the cubed plantains

    Plantain and SPices
  4. Deep fry your plantain mix in pre-heated oil between 15-20 minutes


37 thoughts on “Kelewele recipe – How to make Kelewele (Spicy fried plantain cubes)”

  1. 5 stars
    Growing up in Miami I’ve had my fair share of plantans, but not the spicy kind. I think it’s so clever to add in the cayenne and ginger! Can’t wait to try!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been eating plantains all of my life and have never had a spicy version until now. I feel like I’ve been missing out on so much! They were amazing!

  3. 5 stars
    My daughter-in-law, who is the reason my recipes are gluten-free, eats lots of plantains. She would love this recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I’d love to know about how much ginger you put in, thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    We have kele word in Hindi for bananas. Those fried and spices plantains looks so delicious. I will definitely try this recipe, bookmarking .

    1. Wow! Who wouldv’e thought both cultures have “kele” in them, so many of our cultures have a lot of similarities. Thanks Sapana!

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