Prepare time: 30 min
Cook: 1 hr
Ready in: 1 hr 30 min

Tatale is a delicious Ghanaian plantain cake made from very ripe plantains. plantain, also known as cooking banana is a very common ingredient in Western Africa. In Ghana, they use plantain in many different ways, but one of the favorite Ghanaian foods is Tatale. This delicious snack from Ghana has a really easy recipe and is therefore also easy for you to make at home to taste the rich flavors of West Africa. It is also eaten in Nigeria.


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


  1. Mash the plantains into a soft consistency with a masher or hand mixer
  2. Cut the pepper and onions into very tiny parts
  3. Add the pepper and onions together with a sniff of ginger and salt (according to taste) into the mix
  4. Add around 3 cups of maisflour and mix all very well into a well-bound texture
  5. Let the mix stand for about 30 minutes
  6. Fill a pot with peanut oil so it comes up around 2 inches from the bottom of the fire.
  7. 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.
  8. 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