Cookery Corner: Matoke Delicacy

Matoke is a variety of banana  indigenous to southwest Uganda. It comes from the family of bananas known as the East African Highland bananas. Matoke is used mainly for cooking when they are green and unripe. Cooked and mashed Matoke is the national delicacy of Uganda.

The most common methods of cooking matoke are boiling, steaming, or roasting. Once they are cooked, the flesh turns yellow and should soften to about the same consistency as potatoes. They will, however, still hold their form. Now let’s take a culinary journey into how to prepare this unique and simple dish.




8-10 hands of bananas

1 lemon  juice  (optional)

oil (for frying)

Chopped onions

2-3 tomatoes, chopped (or canned whole tomatoes, drained)

3 chopped green bell peppers

3 -4 crushed garlic cloves

1 chopped chilli pepper (optional)

cayenne pepper (to taste) or red pepper (to taste)

1 lb ground beef (optional) or 1 lb beef stew meat, cut in bite-sized pieces (optional)

1 cup beef broth (optional) or 1 cup beef stock (optional)


  • Peel the unripe bananas, cut into cubes or leave as whole if you don’t want to cut them, sprinkle with lemon juice, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Fry the Onion, tomatoes, green pepper, hot pepper, and garlic together. Add spices to taste. Add meat or broth. Continue frying and stirring until the meat is nearly done or until the broth is starting to boil.
  • Reduce heat. Add plantains. Cover and simmer over low heat until plantains are tender and meat is done. Serve Matoke hot. It usually takes 1hr 20mins to get Matoke ready to eat. Enjoy!


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