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from: Western Africa | cooking method: pan frying

Aloco

A very popular dish found in the small roadside restaurants of the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Aloco (Alloco, Aloko, or Bananes plantains à l'huile de palme) is plantains, fried in palm oil, plus tomatoes, onions, and chile peppers, usually served with grilled fish.
Note: as in the case with other African dishes made with red palm oil, other oil (e.g., peanut oil) can be substituted; but using red palm oil results in an authentic flavor and color which cannot be duplicated with other oil.

dioula man and wives, ivory coast

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What you do

Many people feel it isn't really aloco unless the fried plantains and onion-tomato sauce is accompanied by a grilled fish. To follow the custom: rub a whole, cleaned fish inside and out with a marinade made from minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, and a bit of oil. Let the fish marinate for fifteen minutes before grilling over hot coals (or, if need be, broiling in a hot oven).


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