Ofam served with peanuts

Ofam is a spicy Ghanaian cake made from overripe plantain mixed with spices and palm oil. It can be eaten as dessert, main meal or a snack.


  • 2 large fingers of overripe plantain
  • ½ medium size red onion (shallots is a great option)
  • 3 scotch bonnet pepper (or to your taste)
  • Small piece of fresh ginger (about thumb size)
  • 4 cloves
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp herring fish (amane) powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 10 oz palm oil

To Prepare

  1. Pre-heat oven. Set to 200°c.
  2. Peel and cut up the onion and ginger. Grind ginger, onion, pepper and cloves in an asanka; into a smooth paste. Blend if preferred.
  3. Peel plantain and cut into small pieces. Add to the ground (or blended) paste and continue to grind/blend together. Do not grind too smooth.
  4. At this stage, add salt and herring fish (amane) powder.
  5. Add the flour, nutmeg and baking powder and thoroughly mix.
  6. Pour the palm oil into mixture and stir well.
  7. Grease loaf pan with palm oil.
  8. Pour mixture into the greased pan.
  9. Place it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Insert a toothpick or skewer into the cake to check if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it is ready. If it comes out wet, allow to bake for a few more minutes.
  11. Once ready, take out of oven and allow to cool down before removing from the loaf pan.
  12. Slice it up and serve. It can be served with nuts.

You can equally use the cupcake baking tray rather than a loaf pan to get it in nice small portions.

Instead of throwing out the plantain when it get’s overripe and soft, you can try this simple but delicious ofam recipe.

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