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May 17, 2021
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Matoke, known in English as East African Highland banana is a staple around East Africa, particularly Uganda and Tanzania. The meal prepared from unripe, green matoke is also known as “matoke." The East African Highland bananas are short and thick and they are enjoyed in their green form for cooking. Ripe matoke is sweet and soft like most bananas, similar to plantain. Green bananas, also called cooking bananas, are a staple food around most of Africa, the Caribbean, South America and South East Asia. They are rich in potassium and are a good source of fibre. Matoke is so popular, it is known as the national dish of Uganda and is eaten at most meal times. It is readily available, cheap and filling and are typically served mashed or boiled. They are usually eaten with meats, fish or peanut sauce; and some vegetables. This delicious recipe is suitable for vegetarian and vegans and the best part is, it is very easy to prepare! Apart from the matoke, all the ingredients for this dish are standard store cupboard items. What makes matoke good for cooking is its high starchy content; which you would not find in a lot of bananas. Matoke is often available in African shops in the UK. If you can’t find matoke, then green plantain or Thai green bananas which are often sold in Asian food shops are good substitutes. We adapted 2 delicious recipes from Eat Well Abi and Taste of Home so we highly recommend checking them out!
Image of matoke via The Spruce Eats
We hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!
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