West African Banana and Chile Fritters (Kaklo)
This is one of the more unusual vegetarian African appetizers. Note the combination of bananas, chiles, and ginger which make for a sweet and spicy taste.
- 2 bananas
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1/2 green chile pepper, such as jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 cup flour
- 1/8 cup water
- Peanut oil for frying
Peel the bananas and mash. Add chopped onion, tomato and chile pepper and mash again. Add the salt and ginger. Mix flour and water, then add mash and stir well. Heat the oil until hot enough for deep-frying. Drop mixture half-teaspoonful at a time into oil and fry until golden grown. Ball shoul be crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside. Served as hot or cold snack, or hot with a main dish.