Recipe: Kelewele, a snack that pays homage to the warriors of Wakanda

Feb. 27, 2018

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The Black Panther movie features Dora Milaje, warrior women who surround and protect the Wakandan king.

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To pay homage to the warrior women, food blogger Lois Oviawe of Yummy Medley created this recipe for kelewele, a street-food snack of fried, spiced plantains.

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The combination of sweet and spice ... reflects how the Dora Milaje are equally feminine and tough, making them feared and respected in the Marvel Universe.

— Lois Oviawe

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Kelewele is common in Accra, Ghana, but also appears in Nigeria, where it is called dodo.

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Preparation

1. Mix the Scotch bonnet pepper, onion, ginger, grains of selim, alligator pepper seeds and cloves to a rough paste. You can use a mortar and pestle or blender.

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2. Peel and cut the plantains into even-sized chunks and mix with the ground spices and 1 teaspoon of salt.

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3. Fry the plantains in hot oil (about 375 degrees Fahrenheit) until golden brown.

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4. Top with peanuts, if desired, and serve immediately.

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