Plaintains and green bananas (matoke) are a staple part of the diet in Uganda and much of East Africa. Matoke is also the name given to a delicious, rib-sticking plantain stew that is a Ugandan national dish. Versions of matoke, also known as matooke, are served in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
- 6 - 8 plantains or green bananas, peeled and diced
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 2 - 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green capsicum (bell pepper), chopped
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 - 2 green chilli peppers, finely chopped (optional)
- ¾ tablespoon ground coriander, or to taste
- 450 g stewing beef, cubed (optional)
- 2 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 2 cups water or beef stock
- salt, to taste
- Peel the plantains, cut into cubes, sprinkle with lemon juice, and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large pot or pan over medium-high flame. Add the onions and capsicum and saute until the onion is cooked through and translucent, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the garlic, chilli peppers and coriander and saute for another minute or so.
- Stir in the beef and tomatoes and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.
- Add the beef stock or water and season with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the plantains, cover, and simmer for another 30 to 40 minutes, or until the beef is tender and the plantains have softened. Adjust seasoning and serve hot.