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Côte d’Ivoirian fried plantain with roasted nuts | How do you make Alloco or Kelewele | What is the national dish of The Ivory Coast

 

Ivory Coast fried plantain with roasted nuts alloco nationaldish Cote d'ivoire
Street food that kids will love, this is finished in Ghanaian style but is the Côte d’Ivoire recipe
Photograph: Wayne Morgan – nationaldish.co.uk © 2017

I’ve sort of done two recipes in one. Alloco, which is known as Kelewele in Ghana (also Dodo in Nigeria and Makemba in the Democratic Republic of Congo) is a common West African street food and side dish. So, how do you make Alloco?

I’ve added roasted nuts to this version, which would make it Ghanaian, but the base is the Ivory Coast recipe – you decide.

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How do you make Alloco | Kelewele | Fried plantain with roasted nuts
If you think you can remember, get a wok or saucepan and heat enough vegetable oil for the plantain to float when cooking, heat it slowly whilst you do the prep.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Main stuff
Spice mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Main stuff
Spice mix
Instructions
  1. Place a heavy bottomed frying pan on a medium high heat and add the nuts, move them around from time to time, don't let them burn. At the same time, on a low heat, place a wok and slowly heat enough vegetable oil to fry the plantain (they will float) - keep an eye on this too. Peel and slice the plantain, at an angle.
  2. In a bowl add all the spice mix and then the sliced plantain - be gentle, don't mash em.
    Sliced plantain ready to be mixed with spices for alloco nationaldish cote divoire
  3. When done, the plantain should be a lovely golden brown, covered in the spice dust.
    Plantain mixed with spices nationaldish alloco kelewele ghana ivory coast
  4. Give the nuts another wiggle, if you think they're done, turn the heat off and let them sit in the pan.
    Roasted peanuts and cashew nuts for fried plantain nationaldish
  5. Get the oil in the wok hot enough to fry, using a slotted spoon, dip one of the plantain slices, if you get an instant reaction, it's ready. In batches, lower in enough plantain so they're not overcrowded and cook for about 4-5 minutes - don't burn them, if they look too dark, it's been too long.
    Alloco frying in gentle spices nationaldish
  6. On a plate, place a few layers of kitchen towel and using a slotted spoon, fish out the plantain and place on the plate to drain - note the colour, that's done.
    Fried plantain draining on kitchen towel kelewele alloco nationaldish west africa
  7. Once all cooked, pile high on a serving plate and sprinkle over the nuts.
    The middle of a plantain from an alloco recipe nationaldish
  8. Thank you Côte d'Ivoire

    Merci


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