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Ghana: Kele Wele (Kelewele)

2 or 3 well-ripened yellow plantains (cooking bananas) (Note #1) 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped, OR 1 1/2 tablespoons candied chopped ginger (Note #2) 1 teaspoon salt or salt substitute

Mix […]

Ghana: YAM FOOFOO

2 lb yams 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp butter

1. Place the yams in cold, unsalted water, bring to a full boil, and cook 25 minutes, or until soft.

2. Remove the yams, cook, and peel. Mash with the other ingredients.

3. Place in a food processor, and run briefly to […]

Ghana: SHOKO (BEEF AND SPINACH STEW)

6 small canned tomatoes, with juice 1 whole fresh hot chile 4 medium onions, whole 1/4 cup green bell pepper 6 tbsp vegetable oil 1 lb stewing beef, cut in cubes 1 cup water [or beef broth] 1/4 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp cayenne [more or less to taste] 1 1/2 tsp minced […]

Ghana: BRAISED CHICKEN WITH CHILES

3-4 green chiles, skinned, seeds removed, chopped 1 3-lb chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp peanut oil 1 onion, sliced and separated into rings 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter and oil and brown the chicken, a few pieces […]

Ghana: JOLLOF RICE GHANA

2 1/2 to 3 lb broiler-fryer chicken, cut up 2 cans (16 oz each) stewed tomatoes 2 cups water 2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup uncooked regular rice 1/4 lb fully cooked smoked ham, cubed (3/4 cup) 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper [or more to taste] 3 […]

Ghana: GARI FOTO

25 g (1 oz margarine or palm oil 1 medium sized onion, chopped 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped 175 g (6 oz) carrots, chopped 175 g (6 oz) mushrooms, chopped 175 g (6 oz) green peppers, chopped 300 ml (1/2 pt) vegetable stock or water hot pepper, to taste 100 g (4 oz) gari […]

Ghana: AVOCADO AND CRAB

15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice 1 clove of garlic, crushed pinch of sea salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste pinch of paprika 1 avocado 175 g (6 oz) white crab meat spring onions to garnish

Mix together the lemon juice, garlic and seasonings. Peel and remove the stone from the avocado and mash […]

Ghana: TATALE (GHANAIAN PLANTAIN CAKES)

2 over-ripe medium plantains (black and soft) 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated 25 to 50 g (1 to 2 oz) self-raising flour 5 ml (1 tsp) palm oil (optional) salt and hop pepper, to taste oil, for frying

Peel and mash the plantains well. Put into a bowl and add enough of the […]

Ghana: AVOCADO WITH GROUNDNUT DRESSING

2 avocados ripe but firm 15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice 30 ml (2 tbsp) shelled groundnuts or peanuts 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) paprika 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon chile powder [cayenne], to taste salt, to taste fresh chives, to garnish

Peel the avocados; cut out the stone and cut into cubes. Sprinkle with lemon […]

Ghana: AKOTONSHI (STUFFED CRABS)

2 lbs crab meat [I think this recipe assumes raw crabmeat to start; refer to instructions below about boiling crab meat and alter technique if using pre-cooked crab meat, perhaps by just boiling some ginger and cloves in small amount of water and adding a bit to flavor crab. — cmt]

1 tsp salt 1-inch […]