Nigerian Plantain Masa meets Ghanian Tatale


Plantain Masa

Nigerian plantain Masa and Ghanian Tatale are very similar being that they are both made from over ripe plantains; the variation in the recipe comes from the types of spices used in Tatale, where masa basically contains plantains, eggs and flour; tatale is made by combining mashed plantains with various spices including ginger and chilli powder. Try both and let me know which you prefer, I am personally #TeamTatale.

Nigerian Masa

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe plantain
  • 1 egg
  • 1 table spoon Flour
  • salt  to taste

Other: Oil for frying

Direction:

  • Heat 1 cup of oil until hot. (In the mean time prepare the plantain mix)
  • Peel and mash the plantain into a fine paste, add in the egg, flour, salt and pepper. Combine well
  • One table spoon at a time, Add the plantain mix to the hot oil, fry on each side until golden brown
  • lift out the masa balls with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper

Ghanian Tatale

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe plantain
  • 1 table spoon grated onion
  • 1 table spoon Flour or cornmeal
  • I table spoon freshly grated ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Other: Oil for frying

Direction:

  • Heat 1 cup of oil until hot. (In the mean time prepare the plantain mix)
  • Peel and mash the plantain into a fine paste, add in the ginger, flour,onion,  salt and pepper. Combine well
  • one table spoon at a time, Add the plantain mix  to the hot oil, fry on each side until golden brown
  • lift out the masa balls with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat the process until everything is fried

masa prep


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By |February 12th, 2013|42 Comments

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42 Comments

  1. olayinkafadayiro December 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    i tried out the Tatale but i used fresh pepper (ata rodo) and it came nice i love the pepper feel. thank you

  2. Adenike March 31, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Looking at the recipe, dodo-Ikire is the Nigerian version of Tatale. Thank you for adding to our lists of menu.

  3. shade October 22, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Tried the plantain Masa now, it came out perfect.Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  4. [email protected] June 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hi.nice one.tatale is traditionally fried in palm oil.great recipe

  5. mild June 7, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Tried Tatale today and it came out So well.so I’m totally#team Tatale#

  6. rasheedah February 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I have tried this before.but I made it into pancakes for health reasons the plantain was blended though

  7. African Food October 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Based on past experience, I’m gonna be #teamtatale too. But will find out for sure soon ….

  8. Olamide May 28, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    hi there, how do i go about it if i want to contribute a recipe

  9. Anonymous May 24, 2013 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Yall are doing a great job here. Take it from a fellow Blogger ! Prahhh! YAGA

  10. Joiouss May 19, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Prepared the masa. It was SUPER good. Fried with coconuy oil and used gluten free flour. Next time will use ripened plantain for a more sweeter taste! #Teammasa

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 21, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Glad the recipe worked out great for you

  11. Hajia May 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Also I need to know the calorie count so I don’t over indulge.

  12. Hajia May 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Quite a recipe. but the plantain mix can it be done with a blender?

  13. Adhis April 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Something to do with my over-ripe plantain! Yum!

  14. R.H April 4, 2013 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Made the Tatale this morning. My goodness,it was AMAZING!!. My siblings and I finished it before i could take a picture. lol.. P.s: LOVEEEEE your blog 🙂

  15. ani April 4, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    maaaan! this looks yummeee!

  16. t.a March 19, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Simply amazing! This site is absolutely fantastic. Love eeet love eet love eeet!

  17. Name (required) March 6, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

    THE CUSHKOOKS,
    You really are doing a good job here…pls kip it up,can i contribute in posting recipes sometime?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Yes yes yes! we are always looking for recipe contributions

  18. Gourmetfinesse February 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks I’ll try your recipe. Sounds nice.

  19. Name (required) February 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Nice. Im gonna try your recipe. I’ve done it before but it was too strong. So from your recipe I can see I need to use less flour and add egg. Thanks

  20. fluffycutething February 22, 2013 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Tried this recently and though it came out ok, I had some difficulty frying it. I found it easier to add the flour just at the point when I was about to scoop into the oil rather thAn mix it in from the word go! Or maybe that’s why it was difficult to fry? It kept coming our completely flat prior to my doing that!!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      hummm…. which version did you try? did you mash or blend the plantain??

    • ruki July 31, 2013 at 5:35 am - Reply

      If d oil isnt well heated it will come out flat, it its quite hot it ll puff, i prefer when its flat though

  21. oge February 20, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Will try it out.

  22. Anon2 February 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Just one small edit from a Ghanaian…tatale is usually fried in palm oil.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the edit! we substituted vegetable oil in the recipe for health reasons.

  23. Dolapo February 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Yummy im going to try it.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Dolapo, please let us know how it turns out

  24. Anon February 12, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I am gonna try it

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