It has been a while since I had Matoke. Yesterday i craved it so much I just had to make it; the best way I know how.
Matoke is an East African staple dish made from green bananas. The perfect bananas for Matoke are normally short and thick compared to other types of bananas. There are different ways of making matoke; you can simply boil & mash it as an accompaniment for other dishes or you can make a onepot meal out of by mixing it with other foods to make a complete meal out of it.
Below is the recipe I used yesterday. It is very simple and easy for anyone to try out.
You will need:-
1/4 kg Beef, cut in small cubes
5 Green bananas, peeled & cut in chunks
1 carrot, diced
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon Tomato paste
1 teaspoon Curry powder
1 teaspoon crushed Garlic
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 cup Coriander
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
Salt to taste
1.Place the bananas in a bowl fully submerged in salty water. That keeps them from discolouring.
2. As the bananas sit in the bowl, set a pan on medium heat to sear the meat (beef). Sear it till all the water from meat is dried up.
3. Add vegetable oil and let it heat up as it fries the beef. Let the beef brown for about a 2 minutes before you add onions.
4. Let the onions cook till they’re slightly translucent. Add the chopped tomato and stir. Cover with a lid for about a minute so that the steam helps the tomato cook faster.
5. Add cauliflower, tomato paste, garlic, curry powder, turmeric, carrots, chilli flakes, green pepper & enough salt to taste. Stir in the added ingredients.
6. Add the bananas into the fried meat & stir to mix everything together. Add a cup and a half of water, cover & let it cook till the bananas are perfectly cooked. Not too mashy. All the liquid doesn’t have to dry up.
7. Add Coriander & stir in lightly.
8. Serve hot.