Wednesday, 10 October 2018

How to make Matoke and ground nut paste


Matoke is the green cooking banana that's a staple in Ugandan cuisine, paired with slow cooked peanut sauce, it makes for a uniquely tasty meal.


6 Green Bananas/Plantain
1 lemon, juiced
1 Onion, diced
1 Cup Groundnut Sauce
1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin Powder

4-7 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tsp. ground cardamom
1 Scotch Bonnet Chili (opt)
2 Tbsp. oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pat of butter (opt)
Chopped cilantro, garnish (opt)


1. Peel the green bananas and plantain, chop into 1-2″ chunks. Juice the lemon into some water and rinse the bananas. Using a medium saucepan, add the bananas and bring to a boil until soft. Drain and mash with a pat of butter.
2. While the bananas are coming up to a boil, dice the onion, mince the garlic and sauté in some oil for a few minutes. If using the chili, add it whole to the oil but remember to remove it prior to adding the groundnut sauce. Add the dry spices and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the groundnut sauce/peanut butter and stir continuously. As the sauce heats up it may start to thicken back up again. Just thin it out with a little hot water or stock.
4. Serve a heaping of the matoke with the groundnut sauce over it. Garnish with chopped cilantro if you want to!

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