West african Banana Fritters (Klako – Klaklo – Kaklo – kakro)
3 large overly ripe bananas
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt or more adjust to suit preference
1 teaspoon garlic
½ teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 -1 teaspoon 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.
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