West African banana fritters are deep- fried puffs which are made out of banana and some sort of flour, the possibilities are endless. Many African cultures share a love of banana fritters in one disguise or another . Since bananas flourish in the tropics there is an abundance of bananas and nothing hardly goes to waste.
West african Banana Fritters (Klako – Klaklo)
- 3 overly ripe bananas large
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt or more to adjust to suit your preference
- 1 tsp garlic
- ½ tsp ginger
- 1 tbsp paprika
- ½ - 1 tsp cayenne pepper depending on your tolerance level
- Mash plantains with a potato masher or spoon until puree or use a food processor to blend.
- In a medium bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, paprika, ginger, cayenne pepper to the mashed plantains.
- Adjust seasonings.
- Let rest for 1 hour
- Using your hands roll about a tablespoon of mixture in the palm of your hand into little bite size balls or use spoon to scoop it out.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees in a skillet or saucepan. You may also use the oil test by dropping a 1-inch square of bread into the oil. If it takes 60 seconds to brown, then the oil is at around 350 degrees
- Carefully place spoonful of the batter into the hot oil and fry for 3-4- minutes, or until the fritters are crisp and golden-brown (you may need to do this in batches).
- Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- You may drain on paper napkin to remove any excess oil