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Best Plantain Takeout Snack

The number of take-out vendors in Africa serving plantains is unknown, many Africans rely on plantains recipes for their round the lock take-out flats.

Takeout vendor in Angola Africa

Working on average 10 hours per day take-out businesses for many African people becomes the only way to earn a living, and take-out vending, in particular, represents one of the easiest and viable jobs, as it requires little start-up capital. Limited access to credit is a major barrier to the growth of the take-out enterprises.

Food vendors need a license to legally trade in many places in Africa. However neither at the national nor at local level, in Africa there is no framework policy or law specifically regulating take-out vending.

Take-out is any ready to eat food or beverage sold and sometimes prepared in outdoor public spaces on streets, squares, parks, open-air markets by vendors or cooks either on foot or in vans, carts, or stalls. Many people eat take-out on average 6-7 times a week especially by students and unmarried people. 

The availability and accessibility of take-outs over space and time, indeed, in large urban areas there are so many take-out vendors operating round the clock that consumers can always find one within reasonable distances.


Most common African take-outs.


The most common take-outs sold in Africa are fried, usually fried fish and fried chicken, fried bean cake, meat pies and fried yam also bread and sausages, bread and eggs, kebabs meat or liver, sauce and stew based foods. 

Other common foods sold are rice, boiled rice dumplings, roasted plantains and corn and porridge.

Are there plantains in Africa? Two African countries major exports are plantains, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Angola is the largest African plantain and banana producer and the seventh in the world. 

The Democratic Republic of Congo naturally grows almost 100 types of plantains making this large African country the most diverse plantain growing area in the world.

Easy to make, kelewele are plantain cubes, sprinkled with ginger, hot pepper and fried in palm oil.

Kelewele pronunced kelli welli is one of Ghana’s most popular take-out snacks sold by street hawkers. Easy to make, kelewele are plantain cubes, sprinkled with ginger, hot pepper and fried in palm oil.

 Kelewele take-out vendors sometimes serve this popular food with rice and stew, peanuts, or alone as a dessert or a snack. Kelewele is also popular for breakfast in Ghana.

 

Best Plantain Takeout Snack


Ingredients

3 yellow plantains peeled and diced

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

Palm oil for frying


Directions

In a frying pan with just enough oil to allow plantains to float, over medium high heat, heat oil then fry plantains until golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with spices and serve.



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