Tatale – Ghanian Plantain Pancakes Recipe

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Last Updated on January 12, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Tatale – Ghanian Plantain Pancakes are a popular street food in Ghana and a great way to practice no waste by utilizing over ripe sweet plantains.

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Are you a plantain fanatic? Welcome to my club!

For people of Caribbean decent, this is a staple ingredient and we can hardly imagine a meal without it. Plantain is also a staple ingredient in African cuisines. In fact, the Caribbean plantain obsession most likely came from the African slaves who came to the Caribbean.

Whether ripe or green, also known as raw banana in some countries, it is such a versatile fruit. When green, it can be cooked in savory preparations like fritters, soup or curries.

When ripe, it can be used in both sweet and savory ways. I have such an addiction. Are you a plantain lover like me? Well then you might want to check out my Plantain Love board on Pinterest of all plantain recipes or some of my other recipes below.

Plaintain Recipes

Health Benefits

Full of potassium, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin A, they are a healthier alternative to potatoes. You can even just boil or roast them simply instead of potatoes.

However, these Ripe Plantain Pancakes are one of my favorite ways to enjoy the versatile plantain. Both sweet and savory at the same time, these can be served as a snack or appetizer. They are often also served with savory stews in Ghana like Ghanian Chicken Peanut Stew.

Although they are made with sweet plantains, these are savory Plantain Pancakes enjoyed with hot side or with other savory foods like. Having them with some beans is one of the many ways it is enjoyed in Ghana. I made these beans simply by cooking them with some Bold Creole Seasoning and this made such a delicious lunch – especially when I added a bit more spice with some Pikliz – Spicy Pickled Relish!

Tatale Plantain Pancakes on a plate with beans and pikliz in a bowl.

Over Ripe Plantains

When you have over ripe plantains and the skin is completely black and the plantains may have even started to shrink a little bit, what do you do? Do you throw them away?


Over Ripe Plantains just means it’s time to make Ghanian Tatale!

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Whether you call them Plantain Pancakes or Plantain Fritters, this delicious Ghanian recipe is the perfect no waste recipe!

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy recipe!

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First you peel the plantains. Although you can mash them by hand, it is much easier to get a smooth plantain paste by using a food processor.

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Then we add all the seasonings, egg and self rising flour.

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With wet hands, form into 6 pancakes.

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Then you shallow fry up the pancakes until golden brown on both sides.

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Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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You can also make them smaller for a great party appetizer!

African Plantain Snack, African Street Food

Perfect for snack time or as a party appetizer. Serve with Sosu Kaani – Senegalese Hot Sauce.

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Sweet and Savory – both at the same time!

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Tatale – Ghanian Plantain Fritters

Tatale – Ghanian Plantain Fritters are a delicious way to use up over ripe plantains. A popular street food in Ghana.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Ghanian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 134kcal


  • 2 very ripe plantains skin should be all black
  • 2 chiles finely chopped
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon palm oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup self rising flour
  • oil for frying


  • Peel and mash plantains well. Unless they are really overripe, they might be difficult to mash. Just put them in the food processor and they will mash easily and quickly.
  • In a large bowl, combine plantains with the chiles, scallions, salt, palm oil and egg. Mix well. Add flour and mix well.
  • In a large skillet, add enough oil for shallow frying.
  • Using a teaspoon, place a spoonful of batter into the oil for each fritter. Flatten it a little with the spoon and fry until golden brown on both sides.


Use wet hands to make it easier to form the pancakes.
If you don’t have palm oil, you can omit it. Use a pinch of ground turmeric to add the color.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Reader Interactions


  1. What an interesting snack with plantains. Like you I love plantains. Tatale seems like a great alternate to just simple plantain fritters to serve as a starter.

  2. 5 stars
    I was looking for recipes to use up my ripe plantains and found your recipe. They turned out crispy and absolutely delicious. Thank you for the detailed recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    These look delicious. I like the idea of serving the sweet and savoury dishes together. I grew up eating plantains but never in this way. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Nice way of serving sweet and ripe plantains in a savory version . The pancakes came out crisp and soft . Deep brown color is what i always like in crepes or pancakes

  5. 5 stars
    Sweet plantains just add so much flavor to any dish and this is no exception! I had some really ripe plantains waiting to be used up and this was just perfect! Thanks for the detailed recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    This is a nice way to use up over ripe plantains. I too served it with some sosu kaani that I made for another dish.

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