Stewed Matooke with Chicken.

This is a simple, tasty and hearty one pot meal that doesn’t take too long to make, but will leave you deliciously satisfied.

Ingredients needed: 1 small bunch of green bananas, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp tomato paste, about half a kilo of boneless chicken, one large grated onion, one large grated tomato, 1 green pepper, grated too. Spices are 1 tbsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp ground turmeric and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Salt and pepper to taste.

Method:-

Peel your green bananas and keep them submerged in a bowl of water so they do not turn black. You can slice them into twos or thirds, depending on how big you want them.

Chop your chicken breast into small pieces and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Let it get really hot. Sear the chicken fast till it’s brown on the sides and set aside.

The chicken doesn’t have to cook through. Just browned is fine.

In the same pan, add the cumin seeds, then the ginger garlic paste. Mix well then add the grated onion. Let it cook till it starts to brown then add the grated green pepper and coriander stalks.

Mix well and let cook a while.

Add the spices and let them cook well then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and a splash of water. Let them simmer till they soften and cook through.

The tomatoes will cook down to a thick sauce.
Add the chicken and mix well.
Add the green bananas and mix well.
Add some water to just slightly above the mix. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes till the matoke is cooked but not mushy. Do not forget to check the seasoning.
Add the chopped coriander. It’s now ready to serve.
It is tasty, colourful and filling.

It makes a perfect weekday meal as it doesn’t take too long to put together and uses one pot.

It is a healthy meal, delicious and filling, and the kids will love it too. Definitely worth a try.

Crispy Matoke Wedges.

Remember these beautiful green bananas I had shared some time ago?

Look at the size of that matoke!

They came from one of the banana plants here in the compound and I have been thinking of different ways to use them up before they ripen.

This time round I decided to deep fry them. Not too healthy but it is ok once in a while right? This is a very straight forward recipe similar to the way I make vegetable pakora and I eyeballed the measurements.

For the batter, I used chickpea flour, rice flour, paprika, a pinch of cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mixed herbs. I did not add any water to the flour mixture.

Tip: Peel your green bananas under running water to avoid the sticky sap that’s hard to get off your hands.

Once peeled and cleaned, slice them into wedges, then add the wedges to the flour mixture and mix well.

The banana wedges will be moist as they were peeled under running water, so the wetness will make the spiced flour mixture stick to the wedges. If its too dry, you can add a little water. A little.

Deep fry them in batches till crispy and golden brown.

The fresher the green bananas, the better the flavour.
They are crispy, delicious and have an amazing aroma. It will be hard to resist to munch on them as you finish cooking.
Very tasty.

I served this with a simple kachumbari salad of grated carrot, red onion, coriander, tomato, salt, pepper and a pinch of chaat masala.

This is a perfect dish for a quick dinner, great for the kids’ lunchboxes or even as a crunchy and filling snack.

Final plate: Crispy green banana wedges, baked lentil balls and salad.

The baked lentil balls were from leftover boiled toor dal which I mashed with mixed spices, salt and pepper and baked in a 200°C oven for 20 minutes.

Toor dal balls ready for the oven, just spray some olive oil before baking them.

They were also great for leftover lunch with beetroot pilau and a simple salad.

What a colourful and tasty plate!

I have been enjoying thinking up, searching for and adjusting various green banana recipes, which are all up here on the blog already.

From mashing them up for a matoke cottage pie dinner, steaming them with groundnut sauce, making tasty breakfast porridge, stewing them, baking them as fries or a pan fry, making them into crisps or as a curry, the possibilities with this fibre rich starchy fruit are endless.

Green bananas are tasty, filling, nutritious and quite versatile, all the recipes are worth a try!