Uganda – Spicy Matoke


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by Ananya Fatima

Matoke is actually the green food of Uganda which is cooked with different kinds of stuff and brings the new taste of every dish. It is all bout the choice of spices because only spices make your dish different and tasty.

Matoke is actually a kind of banana but is not fully cooked. It must be green in color when we cooked this. Matoke is the ungrown banana. It is green in color and unripe. We can make a variety of dishes with this single ingredient. It is small in size as compared to a simple banana. You can add meat to it. It looks like potatoes when they are properly cooked.

It is a little bit complicated in peeling the matoke because it is not simple as a simple banana because it is soft but matoke is not soft.

We can prepare matoke with so many ingredients like beef, vegetables, any kind of meat, dairy products, many more. Spicy Matoke beef is one of the most popular dishes in the world. Most people like it every day. It’s simple, fast, delicious, and looks beautiful and elegant. East Africans have been developing their cuisines with matoke, they use this recipe for different fragrances.

APPEARANCE

  • Matoke is green in color
  • Small in size

ORIGIN

Matoke is origin in Kisii lands.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

  • Amatooke in Buganda 
  • Ekitookye in southwestern Uganda
  • Ekitooke in western Uganda
  • Ebitooke in northwestern Tanzania
  • Igitoki in Rwanda

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MATOKE AND PLAINTAIN

Matoke and Plaintain both are green in color but they are totally different from each other.

Plantains are long and thin and their ends are pointed.

Matokes are short and broad and have not pointed ends. Their ends are rounded.

The cooking method of both of them is almost the same. You can deep fry it or stir fry it. Plantains are used to make famous Latin American dishes. You can boil fruits and vegetables and roast, and steam.

METHODS

  • Steaming
  • Boiling
  • Roasting
  • Grilling
  • Frying
  • Baking

VARIETIES

  • pan fried matoke
  • mashed matoke
  • pan fried matoke
  • steamed fish matoke
  • matoke masala
  • matoke with beef
  • matoke in peanut sauce
  • matoke fritters
  • matoke curry
  • matoke crisps

SAUCES

  • peanut sauce
  • apricot sauce
  • tamarind sauce
  • peanut butter sauce
  • green chilli sauce
  • red chilli
  • ketchup
  • raita

NUTRITIONS

  • Calories: 412kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Protein: 5gFat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 550
  • Potassium: 1381
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Calcium: 87
  • Iron: 4

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • Matoke
  • oil
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • cumin seeds
  • turmeric
  • coriander powder
  • salt

METHODS

  • The first thing that you have to do is to cut the Matokes into pieces.
  • Boiled them in the water.
  • Now peel them off.
  • For making masala, take onions and chopped them.
  • Add all the spices in it.
  • cook them and then add matoke in it.
  • leave it on a medium heat.
  • serve it after half an hour.

COURSE

Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish

CUISINE

Ugandan

SERVINGS

5

CALORIES

400

PREPARATION TIME

15 mins

COOKING TIME

40 mins

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