Talétalé ou beignets banane | Banana Fritters ~ C for Côte d'Ivoire

>>  Wednesday, September 3, 2014

For C, I have a sweet deep fried Snack made with banana from Côte d'Ivoire. Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is a country in West Africa. It borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana; its southern boundary is along the Gulf of Guinea.

It was colonized by Europeans, and especially by the French. Reading on the country, one can see lot of French influence on the country’s cuisine and other neighbouring lands. Reading about the vast history and other cultural changes the country has undergone, I wanted to make sure I keep off lot of the background information, and stick to the food part.

Cassava and plantains are significant parts of Ivorian cuisine. While there were lot of non veg options listed under this country, I managed to stick to the possible vegetarian ones I could make at home, and on top being it a snack for my kids to enjoy. These are also called as Beignets de banane

I came about this recipe for Talétalé / Banana Fritters here and on further search led me to sites not in english. So I had to limit myself to what this recipe called for. The other sites and videos show the batter being loose and smooth. While the one I made called dough to be made. 
Talétalé ou beignets banane de Côte d'Ivoire
Being particular about the texture and the form of the dish is very important. Dough refers to thick hard mix of the flour and batter to something that’s loose and more liquid form. Anyway I had gone and made it as small balls, that were deep fried. These tastes great right out of the pan, and so much like our nei appam, made with ripe banana.

There was so much similarities in this dish and to the one we make at home, that it was hard to convince my folks that I was cooking an international dish.

The only concession I made, was to serve it with chocolate sauce. I wouldn't dream of ever serving our nei appam with one!

Anyway here’s a dose of delicious Talétalé / Banana Fritters as made in Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire

Learn to make Talétalé ou beignets banane de Côte d'Ivoire with Step by Step pictures

Talétalé ou beignets banane de Côte d'Ivoire ~ dough
Talétalé ou beignets banane de Côte d'Ivoire ~ Deep Fry

Talétalé | Banana Fritters

Country : C for Côte d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast
Category : Snack, Sweet
Preparation Time : 10 - 15 mins
Cooking Time : 5 -6 mins per batch

Ingredients needed:

Ripe bananas - 1 cup
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Maize flour - ½ cup
Sugar - 4 tbsp 
Oil for deep frying 
Salt a pinch

How to make Talétalé / Banana Fritters:

In a bowl, peel the bananas, slice and mash well.

Add the flours, sugar, salt and knead to a smooth dough. Since the banana will be very sticky, you will have to add the flours slowly and knead to get the mixture come together as a dough.

Rest for 10 mins, then pinch out small pieces, and shape into walnut-sized balls.

Heat oil to a pan. Add the banana fritters and cook, turning frequently, for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through. 

Drain on kitchen paper and serve either hot or cold with chocolate sauce


In the other recipes that I read later, showed the dough to be more of a batter consistency and drop as a bondas. 

The whole recipe is something  you can increase or decrease depending on your taste. If the bananas are sweeter, you can suggest accordingly.

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Varadas Kitchen September 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM  

Sweet and golden brown. They do look similar to something my mom deep fried with bananas. Some recipes are so close it is hard to guess they are of foreign origin. Nice one

Suma Gandlur September 3, 2014 at 12:34 AM  

Valli, they sound delicious. The kids would surely enjoy the subtly sweet fritters. A similar one from an Asian country is coming up later at my blog.

Sapana Behl September 3, 2014 at 12:50 AM  

Those fritters sounds so delicious ,nice choice and thanks for introducing about the country.

Priya Suresh September 3, 2014 at 12:57 AM  

I can have this beignets anytime, very addictive fritters they are..

Harini-Jaya R September 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM  

Yumm. These kind of banana fritters seem to be pretty common in various parts of the world!

Usha September 3, 2014 at 1:34 AM  

Reading the recipe I did not expect it to be served with chocolate sauce. But it does make sense, considering that it is made with bananas. Kids must have loved it. Nice choice of country for C

Pavani N September 3, 2014 at 5:57 AM  

Love the name of that dish -- so rhythmic. Those beignets look awesome.

Suja Ram September 3, 2014 at 7:58 AM  

Wonderful recipe and very easy one too. It resembles like the Indian fritters / Kola urundais. Bookmarked to try soon.

The Pumpkin Farm September 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM  

i have to admit my geography is improving and this banana fritters seem to be presnet in every part of the world in different shape and form...i loved this dish valli

vaishali sabnani September 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM  

Well I have to admit our geographical knowledge is definitely improving. .I love the idea of the sweet fritters to be served with chocolate sauce. The banana chocolate vombo is eternal.

Kalyani September 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM  

whoa !! thats a country I would have never heard of , if not for this post...

Good one Valli - almost like Kerala Pazham pori...

Manjula Bharath September 4, 2014 at 1:18 AM  

wow beignet looks very tempting valli L) sure sounds like a nei appam of south india :) perfectly done and wonderful recipe selection :)

Chef Mireille September 4, 2014 at 5:58 AM  

this is very similar to a recipe I have on my blog called tatale from Ghana. This must be the Ivory Coast interpretation of the same recipe but mine has a loose batter and is more shallow fried like patties. However the idea of serving it with chocolate sauce is new to me and definitely worth trying

Padmajha PJ September 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM  

That's such a delicious snack! And serving it with chocolate sauce makes it all the more sinful!!

Padma Rekha September 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM  

First thing which banana did you use for this Valli? The looks and sounds delicious with that chocolate sauce.

Priya Srinivasan September 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM  

Tempting snack valli! ! Another delicious way to use up bananas! ! Definitely a kid pleaser!

Gayathri Kumar September 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM  

For the last BM, I made a banana fritter very much similar to this but it was a batter. These cute little balls look divine..

Archana Potdar September 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM  

Goes to prove that the world is round!!
Same recipes all around with a little difference. Love the chocolate sauce idea.

Sreevalli E September 18, 2014 at 4:04 AM  

Lovely fritters.. I love the way how bananas are deep fried in a batter. You don't smell them so much. Love to make these fritters some time.

Foodiliciousnan October 7, 2014 at 7:26 AM  

These look absolutely delicious Valli! And yes, similar to poor appams

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