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!

Simple Green Banana (Matoke) Breakfast.

Oh yes!! Another green banana recipe. Have I gone bananas? Maybe!

The first time I posted pictures of this meal on my social media, there were requests for the recipe and here goes.

It’s so simple and tasty, healthy and filling, what’s not to love about it for a great way to start your day?

Our ingredients are one small bunch of Matoke aka green bananas. A pinch of turmeric, chopped garlic and one onion, chopped. Salt and pepper, milk and smooth peanut butter. I don’t have exact quantities for this as I usually just eyeball depending on how many people I’m making this for.

Method: peel matoke and clean, but leave them whole, boil water with salt and turmeric. Add the green bananas and let them boil till cooked but still firm , takes few minutes don’t let them get soft. Drain and set aside.

They get a lovely yellow colour and smell so good.

In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter with half a cup of milk until it’s a smooth thick liquid. Heat your pan. Add very little vegetable oil. Very little oil (kidogo sana), then fry your onions and garlic.

Add the peanut and milk sauce and let it boil then reduce heat to low.

Add the bananas, cook for five minutes then serve with dhania on top bas!!

*the sauce will thicken when ready if it’s too thick you can add water.

Yummy Matoke.

This is another must try dish and you can have it for lunch or a quick meal too, not just for breakfast. Try it and let me know what you think about it.

Delicious Green Banana Porridge.

I’ve been on a roll with green banana (matoke) recipes in recent days.

We grow green bananas back home too but they don’t taste as good as the ones here in Uganda. Wait, have I become biased? Just maybe.

Are they not beautiful?

I already have several green banana aka matoke recipes here on the blog so this is another tasty addition you can add to your breakfast recipe line up. This porridge is easy to make, delicious, healthy and filling.

Tip: Please ensure your bananas are still green and firm. We’re making porridge, not a smoothie 🤪

I’m really bad with quantities when it comes to porridge but this was enough for 4 hearty bowls.

Peel 3 large green bananas. Chop / slice them and put them in your blender.

Blend them with a cup of water…
They blend pretty easily. Then add to your sauce pan with some more water, but not too much.
Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat. It thickens as it simmers so keep stirring so it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom.

Add a cup of coconut milk/ cream as well as a cinnamon stick to enhance flavour. Let it simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Add water if it’s too thick and remember to keep a close eye and stir so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

When it’s ready, ladle into your bowl and garnish.

I garnished with chia, honey and a small dollop of peanut butter. It was so tasty the kids asked for seconds.

Try it and let me know how it turns out!

Matoke and Groundnut Sauce.

This is a Ugandan staple. Green bananas grow in abundance here and are well loved by the populace. Matooke or matoke as it’s called by Ugandans is the traditional staple for the Buganda kingdom. You can search for videos on YouTube to see how they make perfectly steamed matoke and use the whole banana while at it. I find it so amazing.

If you visit someone from Baganda, you will definitely be served matooke and groundnut sauce alongside other dishes, but the steamed bananas and the purplish tasty sauce made of ground up peanuts HAS to feature.

This is one filling and healthy meal that brings out the real authentic flavour of the green bananas and the groundnuts. It has no added oil or spices, though you may add some if you so wish.

Side note: I’ve noticed peanuts are called groundnuts here. And ground nut sauce (gnut) is not the same as peanut butter/ sauce. Peanut butter is made from already roasted groundnuts, but the gnut sauce is from raw unpeeled groundnuts.

You can choose to grind the nuts yourself or buy the paste then cook it. The cooked sauce is then referred to as ‘Binyebwa’.

Ingredients: I bunch of matoke, two eggplants, one onion, garlic and two tomatoes.

Tip: To avoid the sticky sap that comes from peeling green bananas, peeling them under running water really helps. No blackened hands and knife. 🤗

Peel and clean your matoke and steam. If you don’t have a steamer you can boil, drain, and let the steam evaporate a bit before mashing. I only added salt and pinch of white pepper.
Once ready. Mash your green bananas to a smooth mash and keep hot till ready to serve.

For the binyebwa aka groundnut sauce, I only added salt as I like it as it is with no added spices.

Ground groundnuts. For one cup of the powder/ paste I used about 3 cups of water.
In a non stick sauce pan, add your paste and the water. Let it boil then reduce to a simmer for 30-40 minutes
The sauce will begin thicken and darken as it cooks. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn /stick at the bottom and also to avoid it getting lumpy.

If it’s too thick for your liking, you can add hot water. Also remember to season it. And let it cook completely. You will know it’s cooked when oil forms on top and it really darkens in color.

The sauce gets a brighter / deeper colour if the peanuts are unpeeled. If peeled. It’s lighter.

Once ready, serve the matoke with the sauce as it is or with any preferred accompaniment.

Steamed matoke and gnut sauce.

I served with baked garden vegetables, (courgette, eggplant, tomato, onions and garlic).

I drizzled the vegetables with some olive oil. Seasoned with salt and pepper and baked for 30 -40 minutes in a 200°C oven.
Final plate: Ugandan style matoke, gnut sauce and garden vegetables.

A tasty and filling veggie laden meal that’s perfect for meatless Monday don’t you think?

I have loads more recipes coming up using this versatile green banana. Subscribe to the blog so you do not miss out, and also check out this other tasty matoke recipes already up, such as my bake n fry matoke, my perfectly stewed matoke and my MIL’s Mix and Mash.

Thank you for your continued support, I really appreciate it!