Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Tatale are delicious small spicy plantain patties that are also called the "golden pancakes of Ghana". They are generally served with bambara beans.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, Ghanaian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 20 tatale
Author: Kriszti Terei-Vigh
  • 2 yellow plantains (very ripe)
  • ½ cup corn flour (fine corn meal)
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper powder
  • ½ pinch salt
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Slice the plantains, place in a large bowl and immediately sprinkle with lemon juice.
  2. With a fork, mash the plantains and add the onion and ginger.
  3. Add the corn flour, chilli and salt and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. In a deep skillet, heat a large amount of vegetable oil over medium heat.
  5. Maintain the temperature of the oil around 340 F during frying.
  6. Form balls the size of a ping pong ball, flatten them slightly and fry on both sides until they are golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

In Ghana, the tatale are served as an appetizer or with beans called "bambara beans".