Bake ‘N’ Fry Matoke.

There is no way you can live in Uganda and not eat Matoke. The green bananas that are the nation’s staple food. I have already shared my home version of matoke here. Take a look and try it out. And have also shared my matoke fries recipe.

I have not attempted making it the authentic Buganda way yet, but before then, here is another way of making it that will give the bananas a different taste and texture than what we’re used too. I first came across a baked matoke recipe here on pishi.co.ke, And decided to give it a try with a few tweaks here and there. You will need a small bunch of green bananas, 2 slices onions, 1 tbsp ghee, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp of ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds and 1 tsp of cumin seeds, and juice of one lemon. Let’s get started:-

Preheat your oven to 180°C, Line your baking tray with foil and bake your green bananas with the peel on for 30-35 minutes
They will have turned black . Let them cool completely before peeling.
In a wide saucepan, add a tbsp of ghee, then add 1 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/2 a tsp of mustard seeds. Let them cook till they start popping.
Add your onion and let cook till soft and a little browned.
Add a pinch of turmeric and some salt and pepper, mix well then add the baked matoke which you have cut into pieces. Mix gently.
Once the matoke is heated through and cooked, squeeze some lemon juice and serve garnished with coriander.
The best thing about this dish is the bananas don’t get mushy as often happens with matoke. They are cooked but still firm.
You can serve them as is with a cup of tea, or as a main meal with some meat stew and roasted vegetables.
Colourful, filling and tasty!

Green bananas aka Matoke are amazing and can be had in many different ways; I can think of at least 30! And will be sharing them gradually with you on the blog over time. So keep it here, subscribe and share the blog link with your friends. And of course, try out the recipe and let me know how it turned out!