Kenyan Matoke Recipe for Mashed and Spicy Matoke

what is matoke
what is matoke

Kenyan matoke recipe: This is one of the Kenyan dishes that I would recommend to anyone who haven’t tasted it yet. Matoke while served with beef, chicken, groundnuts or beans can be very tasty. It’s one of the main dishes in Uganda and some parts of western Kenya. It also makes part of Swahili dishes as you will see it on Tanzanian matoke recipe. You can also get matoke served in many restaurants in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Before we look at Kenyan matoke recipe, first let’s look at what is matoke.

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Kenyan matoke recipe
Kenyan matoke recipe

What is Matoke?

Matoke is banana plantains cooked together with other vegetables or cooked separately and served with beef, chicken, groundnuts or beans. There are various ways of cooking matoke. However, the Ugandan matoke recipe and Tanzanian matoke recipe are almost the same. It’s only the ingredients used that make them a bit different.

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Kenyan matoke recipe
cooking spicy matoke

Mashed Matoke Ingredients

  • 8-10 Plantain peeled Banana, coarsely chopped and washed
  • 1 hand full of peanuts, crushed to powder like (or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dairy milk (optional)
  • 2 cups of water to boil
  • Salt to taste

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Tanzanian matoke
Tanzanian matoke

Kenyan Matoke Recipe Directions

  • Peal the green bananas, chop and wash them
  • Put the coarsely chopped and washed bananas in the sauce pan (sufuria)
  • Add water and salt and bring them to boil
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook them till tender but not mushy (20 mins)
  • Check if they are cooked by piercing with a fork
  • Drain them and add milk, butter and crushed peanuts/peanut butter
  • Let the mixture boil for 1 minute then smash them lightly.
  • Serve with beef stew, cooked beans or chicken.

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Ugandan matoke
Ugandan matoke

Cooking Spicy Matoke

There are people who prefer cooking spicy matoke. I will share with you the method I use for cooking spicy matoke. If you are not a fun of spices, then I would rather you stick to the Kenyan matoke recipe above. But if you love spices then try the spicy matoke recipe below.

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Spicy Matoke Recipe

  • 3 teaspoons Chopped Red Onion
  • 3 pieces Firm Ripe Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Bell Peppers
  • 2 teaspoons Corriander (Dhania) Chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Cooking Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • Cumin Seed or Powder-Half tea spoon.
  • Tumeric Powder-Half tea spoon.
  • Salt-half tea spoon.

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  • Put your sauce pan (sufuria) on the stove and add cooking oil
  • Add chopped onions and cook till tender.
  • Then put in the chopped bell pepper and garlic and cook for three minutes
  • Add plantains (clean Chopped Bananas) and cook for five minutes.
  • Now add tomatoes and coriander, keep stirring to prevent the plantains from sticking to the pot.
  • Add ground (mixture of ground turmeric, coriander and cumin seeds). Keep adding depending on how spicy you want the dish to be.
  • Then add 1.5cups of water
  • Add seasoning(salt) and curry powder
  • Reduce heat then let it continue to boil and simmer for 20-25mins
  • Walla! your plantains are to serve and eat.
Kenyan matoke recipe served with beans
Kenyan matoke recipe served with beans

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I am sure you will love the green bananas/plantain meal after trying our Kenyan matoke recipe.

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