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Gonja West African style

This particular recipe and the pictures were made while visiting friends from Guinea Conakry and show how to make some fried plantains (called “gonja” in Uganda). Less ripe plantains lead to a more crisp result.


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  1. Peel the very ripe plantains or "gonja" as these are called in many parts of Uganda
  2. Cut into thin slices and sprinkle some little salt evenly over them. In the meantime, heat some oil in a pan, enough for deep frying.
  3. Add portions of the plantains and let them get to golden brown.

Recipe notes

These can be eaten as a snack or part of breakfast. In some parts of West Africa, they are mostly eaten as part of main meals. With less ripe plantains the taste can be varied further by adding some spices. Thinner slices are more likely to turn crispy to some sort of plantain or let me call them gonja chips. 😉 As you see, one can do more with gonja than steaming or roasting them. Have you tried something different with gonja or indeed some other dish? Share it!

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