Football Snack: Ghanaian Kelewele

Two things in the world that unite Africans, food and football.   With regard to the latter, we tend to build walls or silos around ourselves but when there’s a game of football, all those walls and silos disappear.   We all become African, not South African, not Ghanaian and definitely not Nigerian.   As I was watching the games last night, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and it is awesome to witness the enormous support given to the teams representing our continent.  Some of the tweets from last night’s games:…





I thought I would take advantage of the World Cup and share a recipe from Ghana, Kelewele.   It is a street food and made by seasoning and frying ripe plantains.   Kelewele is eaten as a snack and trust me it goes down well with beer or a glass of wine….Hope you get to try it!


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Kelewele Recipe


2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks

2.5ml (½tsp) ground ginger

2.5ml (½tsp) cayenne pepper

1ml salt

45ml (3Tbsp) lemon juice, freshly squeezed

oil, for frying



  1.  In a bowl, mix the ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and lemon juice.
  2. Add the banana cubes into the mixture.
  3. Let the bananas marinate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. In a saucepan, heat oil and fry the marinated bananas until they are golden on both sides.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel.


For more info on Kelewele, check out the site African Chop and there’s more in depth info here


Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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