Green bananas aka “matoke” as they are known here are available in Kampala in plenty. While many here prefer them steamed and mashed, there are many other meals one can make with them. You can make them into a porridge, like we did here. Bake them, deep fry them, make a yummy breakfast dish or even stew them.
This time round I steamed them whole, let them cool a bit, then peeled and mashed them into cigar like rolls. Next, I pan fried them in butter and a pinch of mixed herbs to get a delicious taste that one cannot believe is green bananas.
Let us get started. You will need:-
- A small bunch of green bananas, about 9 pieces if small, or 5 large.
- 1 tsp freshly ground mixed spice blend -I used one that had ground sea salt, pepper, sesame seeds, fennel, cloves, coriander, star anise, onion and ginger.
- 1/2 cup of cornflour. This makes them crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy inside.
- 1/4 tsp of ground turmeric.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs.
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter.
Wash the bananas and boil them whole for about 20 minutes, till soft. They will blacken a bit.
Drain and cool them. Peel and mash them together with the spices, cornflour and oil, then shape them into little cigar like rolls.
Heat your pan and add the butter, I like adding a bit of oil too so the butter doesn’t brown too fast.
Add the rolls in batches and pan fry till they are a golden brown colour on medium heat.
They smell and taste amazing. You can have them as a snack or with greens on the side, whatever tickles your fancy.
We had ours with sautéed greens and bacon. I will post the recipe for it soon too.
Colourful, delicious, filling and easy to make. Definitely worth a try.
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