Tatale (Plantain Pancakes)

January 25, 2017
Ghanaian Tatale, spiced fried plantain pancakes that are crispy, sweet, & savory and are great for breakfast and a snack.

Ghanian Tatale, spiced fried plantain pancakes that are crispy, sweet, & savory and are great for breakfast and as a snack. 

Plantains are one vegetable that I always keep stocked in my pantry. I just love them so much, and they’re the perfect accompaniment to my favorite rice dishes like jollof and rice and peas. With my last trip to the farmers market I went overboard with my purchasing of plantains, and suddenly had all these overly ripe plantains that I desperately needed to get rid of. Regularly I would just slice the plantains up and fry them, but I had been doing that for the past two weeks and wanted a change so I made these tatales.

The first time I ever made these tatales was a few years ago. I wanted to do something different with plantains so I googled a few recipes and stumbled on this one. One of my best friends who happens to be Ghanaian guided me on the ingredients and taste, and I of course ended putting my own spin on it. If you’re a fan of sweet, fried plantains then you will absolutely love this recipe. The cakes are made with plantains that are ripened, black, and almost to the brink of tossing. This is where the sweetness comes from!

The plantains are peeled and removed from the skin (please don’t eat the skin!!), and then mashed; like you’re making banana bread. From there I add some freshly grated ginger, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper for seasoning. I then added cornmeal and chopped scallions, and here comes the non-traditional ingredient, milk. Milk isn’t traditionally added; I just found that the batter was too thick for my liking. To thin it out milk made the most sense to me.

These plantain pancakes are best served hot with beans and stew. You can also eat them on their own as a snack. I made a cumin lime sour cream dipping sauce (sour cream with a teaspoon of cumin and a tablespoon of lime juice mixed up) to eat with them and it was delicious!! 

Tatale (Plantain Pancakes)
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Serves: 4-6
  • 4 large overly ripe plantains, peeled
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp milk
  1. Mash the plantains with a potato masher in a large bowl until you reach a pureed consistency.
  2. Add the cornmeal, milk, salt, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper to the mashed plantains. Stir in the scallions until fully combined.
  3. Heat a skillet with 3 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat.
  4. Use a medium sized ladle to pour the plantain batter into the skillet.
  5. Fry each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Makes 8-10 cakes.
  7. Serve immediately.

Ghanaian Tatale, spiced fried plantain pancakes that are crispy, sweet, & savory and are great for breakfast and a snack.

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  • Jolina January 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I love plantains too 🙂 We make a similar plantain pancake in the Philippines though it’s on the sweeter side. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever had savoury plantain. I can’t wait to give this a shot!

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      thanks Jolina! You’ll find that these are pretty sweet especially if you use the black plantains!

  • Ali January 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    That looks so good! I see plantains and think about buying them, but never know quite what to do with them. This definitely gives me an idea!

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      thanks Ali! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen January 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve seen smashed plantains served various ways in restaurants where I live, but I’ve never tried any. These look good, and you have my attention by calling them pancakes. I can definitely get on board with that.

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      thanks Kimberly! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Kitchen Cents January 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I’ve never had these before but this looks yummy! I really do want to try making these at home.

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Hope you love them!!

  • LaNeshe January 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    These sound delicious. I love plantains.

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm


  • Jennifer L January 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Oh goodness these look so good. I love plantains so I know I’ll be loving this. Thanks for the recipe!

    • evseats January 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!!

  • Welcome to LittleSugarSnaps February 9, 2017 at 3:54 am

    These look delicious. I’ve never tried plantain before, but you’re seriously tempting me here.

    • evseats February 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm


  • Julia @ HappyFoods Tube February 9, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I have never tastes any dish with plantains in it – apart from plantain chips but not sure if that counts 🙂 I must try find them in the shop so I can try this!

    • evseats February 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      thanks Julia!

  • happyhealthymotivated February 9, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I love plantains, but I’ve only ever ever had them pan-fried. Definitely have to try switching up my usual methods and making them into pancakes. These look incredible!

    • evseats February 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      thank you!

  • Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours February 9, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I often see plantains in boxes at market shops here in the UK, and wonder how I would use them. Would be really nice to give this a go because you make them sound delicious.

    • evseats February 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      thanks Helen! Plantains are a huge favorite over here 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan February 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I seen plantains, I never used them, but my co-workers always talk about how great they are. I think Im making your recipe so I can finally try them!

    • evseats February 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I hope you like the recipe! This is a great way to start with plantains 🙂

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