Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kaaklo/Tatale

Don't throw away the black,soft plantains yet. Kindly use that for some Tatale which is more flatter than that of kaaklo. Tatale is usually fried in a much flatter frying pan while kaaklo can be deep fried. This is typically eaten with Bambara beans or regular beans.

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 plantains
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 Jamaican hot pepper(or more depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil (for frying)
Ps: You can use powdered pepper and ginger if that's your preference. 

Method:

  1. Peel and wash the plantain, then in a big bowl mash it all till resembles what I have in the picture below. (Some people like to blend the plantain, but one problem with that is,if you are not careful you might end up with watery plantain)
  2. Blend the pepper and ginger and mix it with the plantain. Add the flour and salt,mix until all ingredients are combined well, now you are ready to fry some kaaklo. 
  3. On medium heat, heat up the oil and using a tablespoon full fry the kaaklo. I used in my hand in other for me to get the size in the picture below. Fry until golden brown
PS: The flour is to help hold the plantain together, so if you fry one and it doesn't hold together, then add some more flour to your plantain mix. I was told that in Ghana sometimes they use cornstarch instead of flour. So whatever you have available when you are ready to make this.  Also note that in the picture below, I was making kaaklo not tatale. 
Ingredients and step by step directions

This is how Tatale is usually fried
The difference between kaaklo and tatale
Kaaklo, along with some beans stew and gari(cassava flakes)


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