Fried plantain is a dish cooked wherever plantains grow, from West Africa through Central Africa to East Africa, and in many parts of Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, where fried snacks (called Gorengan) are widely popular. It is called alloco in Côte d'Ivoire and dodo in Nigeria. Kelewele is a fried plantain dish of Ghana.
Fried plantain may be served as a snack, a starter or as a side dish to a main course, such as Jollof rice, spicy barbecued meat, tomato stew or beans. It is made in different ways: salted or non salted, cut into "ears", "fingers" or diced.
Fried plantain is also eaten in some countries in South America or the Caribbean where African influence is present. For example, in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, it is common to cut plantains in slices, fry them until they are yellow, smash them between two plates and fry them again. This is also a common dish throughout Central America, referred to as patacones in Costa Rica and Panama, and tostones in Puerto Rico and Honduras.
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