RECIPE TIME: Ofam (Spicy Plantain Cake)


Ofam is a Ghanaian cake made from overly-ripe plantain mixed with spices and palm oil. It can be eaten as dessert, main meal, side dish or a snack for any occasion.


– 2 ripe plantain (over ripened)
– ½ medium size red onion (shallots is a great option)
– Tiny piece of Kpakposhito or scotch bonnet pepper (to your taste)
– 5g Fresh ginger (about thumb size or to your taste)
– 4 Cloves
– 1 Cup Self Raising Flour
– 1 Tsp Crayfish Powder or 1 Maggie shrimp
– ½ Tsp Salt
– 1 Tsp Baking Powder
– 1 Tbsp Palm Oil


1. Set the oven to 200 o C.

2. Grease a loaf pan with palm oil.

3. Peel and cut up the onion and ginger. Place in a food processor or blender, traditionally it is grinded in an earthen ware mortar called asanka. If you own an asanka it is better to use it as the flavour and texture you get from it is lovely. Add the scotch bonnet pepper and cloves and grind/blend the mixture until smooth.

ofam-theonlywayisghana4. Peel the plantains and cut up into pieces. Add to the onion mixture and grind/blend together. Ideally, you want a lumpy thick mixture. Over blending gives a very smooth runny mixture. The asanka is great to give a good texture.

5. Now add the salt and Crayfish or Maggie shrimp to taste.

6. Add the flour and mix well.

7. Now add the palm oil and stir until well incorporated.

8. Add the baking powder and mix until well incorporated.

9. Pour into the prepared loaf tin.

10. Place it in the oven to bake.

11. When it is thoroughly baked, a skewer inserted into the cake will come out clean.

12. Remove from the oven and let it cool down before removing from the loaf tin.

13. Serve the ofam with boiled eggs and nuts.


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