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Tatale is a delectable Ghanaian plantain dessert prepared from extremely ripe plantains. Plantain, often known as cooking banana, is a common component in West African cuisine.
Plantain is used in a variety of ways in Ghana, but one of the most popular Ghanaian dishes is Tatale. This delectable Ghanaian snack has a simple recipe and is so simple to create at home if you want to sample the rich flavors of West Africa. It is also consumed in Nigeria.
These Ghanaian plantain pancakes are simple to make and a great way to use up plantains you might not have thought to use.

What is Tatale?

Tatale is a traditional Ghanaian pancake-style snack made with plantains that are typically served as a side dish with Bambara beans or aboboi.

It is also known as the “golden pancake” due to its rich, yellowish color and as a nod to Ghana’s former appellation, the Gold Coast.

Tatale is a district in the country’s northern area, but the world knows it as a staple delicacy, currently a street snack in Ghanaian cuisine. It’s a simple pancake prepared from very ripe, blackened plantains.

This cuisine was invented for economic reasons, as humans in the past sought methods to employ overripe ingredients. It is reported to be served warm as an appetizer with various types of beans, cooked, fried, or much better, as a stew.


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 4 very ripe plantains (turning black on the outside)
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Ginger powder
  • red pepper (select the one you can handle)
  • Maisflour (or other type of flour if not available)
  • Peanut oil
  • salt


  • Mash the plantains into a soft consistency with a masher or hand mixer.
  • Cut the pepper and onions into very tiny parts.
  • Add the pepper and onions together with a sniff of ginger and salt (according to taste) into the mix.
  • Add around 3 cups of maisflour and mix all very well into a well-bound texture.
  • Let the mix stand for about 30 minutes.
  • Fill a pot with peanut oil so it comes up around 2 inches from the bottom of the fire.
  • When the oil is hot enough you can use a big spoon to make round scoops from the mix and fry these scoops on both sides until they turn golden brown.
  • Let them leak out on a plate with kitchen paper before serving them as delicious snacks or as a side dish to your African meal.
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