Agbeli Kaklo is a popular Ghanaian street food made from fried millet or cornmeal dough. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making it a delightful snack. Here’s how you can make Agbeli Kaklo:
- 1 cup millet flour or cornmeal
- 1/4 cup water (approximately)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Prepare the dough:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the millet flour or cornmeal with salt.
- Gradually add water while stirring the mixture. Continue adding water until you achieve a thick, smooth, and stretchy dough. The consistency should be similar to that of bread dough.
- Let the dough rest:
- Cover the dough with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This will allow it to ferment slightly and develop a unique flavor.
- Shape the Agbeli Kaklo:
- After the resting period, divide the dough into small, equal-sized portions and roll them into balls.
- Flatten the dough balls:
- Place one of the dough balls between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper.
- Use a flat, heavy object like the bottom of a plate or a rolling pin to flatten the dough ball into a thin, round shape. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch or slightly thinner.
- Heat the oil:
- In a deep frying pan or pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches about 350-375°F (175-190°C).
- Fry the Agbeli Kaklo:
- Carefully slide the flattened dough into the hot oil. You can fry multiple Agbeli Kaklo at once, depending on the size of your frying pan, but avoid overcrowding.
- Fry until the Agbeli Kaklo turns golden brown and crispy on both sides, turning them occasionally for even cooking. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Drain and serve:
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried Agbeli Kaklo from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Serve your Agbeli Kaklo hot as a snack or side dish. It is often enjoyed with spicy pepper sauce, fried fish, or other Ghanaian accompaniments.
Agbeli Kaklo is a delicious and popular Ghanaian snack, and making it at home allows you to enjoy it fresh and hot. You can adjust the salt and thickness of the dough to suit your taste preferences.