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Recipes: How to prepare ripe plantain pancakes with ground rice, corn dough, or flour

By Fareeda Abdul Aziz
Tatale is best served hot with beans
Tatale is best served hot with beans
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Plantain pancakes (Tatale) are popularly made from over-ripened plantain in many spices in Ghana. 

It’s usually served with Bambara nuts or beans. 

Here is a simple way to make your homemade 'Tatale’.


  1. 6-over ripe plantains
  2. 1 cup ground rice /flour/ corn dough
  3. Half cup water
  4. 3 small onions
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1 cup palm-oil 

This will be enough for about 5 people


  • Wash and peel the plantain
  • Pound until it’s free from lumps
  • Put the plantain into a bowl and add the ground rice or corn dough or flour. (I personally prefer to use flour.)
  • Grind the onions and pepper together. 
  • Add to the mixture and season to taste.
  • Add a little palm oil to the mixture
  • Add the water and mix well
  • Allow standing for half an hour
  • Fry in spoonfuls in a shallow pan with a little hot oil at a time.

Serve hot with beans.