Would you believe me when I tell you that this is my first time to actually cook and eat green bananas also known as “Matoke?”
My favorite person actually went shopping – he enjoys it, and brought home a couple of veggies and matoke was part of it. He did mention that he wants me to try a couple of foods, that he grew up eating and also still does enjoy eating them especially home made. He knows his way around the kitchen and its ones of my favorite thing that I love about him.
He brought a couple of bunches of green bananas – matoke and I was hell-a curious of how to even cook them. I did a little YouTube research on a couple of recipes and how best to cook them, accompany them as a balanced diet in a meal, and a curry is one of the recipes I decided to settle on. Here is how I re-created this recipe as a first timer.
Making “Matoke curry” for the first time.
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 20 mins
Serves enough for: 4 persons
- 10 to 12 pieces peeled Green Bananas (Matoke)
- 1 large piece of red onion – peeled and diced
- 1 bunch of spring onions – peeled and diced
- Fresh rosemary -1 tsp
- 3 medium sized tomatoes -sliced
- 3 small carrots – peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 royco cubes
- 2 teaspoons of Bel’s ginger / garlic paste
- Warm Water – 2 1/2 cups
Important tools used:
- A medium sized sauce pan + a lid
- A heat proof wooden spoon
- Heat from the stove
- 1/4 cup of veggie oil
Step 1: Prep the matoke – First oil your hands well, this will help you peel the green bananas with ease. The oil will prevent the SAP from sticking to your hands or discoloring your fingers while peeling them. Once peeled, place them into a bowl with water. A new trick the I didn’t know at that time was adding salt and oil to the water this was to help discoloration of the peeled bananas. Cut the peeled bananas diagonally but slice them into an inch thick. Allow them to be submerged in water, set them a side.
Step 2: Cook the sliced veggies – Place a medium sauce pan over the stove on medium high heat. Add veggie cooking oil to it and allow it to heat up. Once the oil starts to smoke up a little, add in the chopped onions and toss that around to allow it to be covered with the oil. Let it cook until it slightly browns. Add salt, mix that around then add in the sliced carrots. Let that cook for 2 mins to be slightly soft but barely cooked through. Add in the 2 royco cubes to elevate the flavor. Mix that around and allow it to be infused while mixing everything in. Next important spice, is the rosemary, add it in with the sliced tomatoes, bel’s mixed ginger/garlic paste and mix everything together. Cover with a lid to allow the moisture to cook everything well. When the tomatoes are all mushy, then the mixture is ready for the next step.
Step 3: Cook the sliced green bananas – Add the sliced bananas and toss everything from the bottom to the top and mix well. Add water up until it covers the bananas. Cover and let it cook for 5 to 8 mins. Once its ready, it should look cooked through with a couple of solid pieces and almost mashed ones as well. Turn off the heat serve it while it’s still hot.
Step 4: Serve and accompany the matoke curry with your favorite dishes. – I decided to settle with white rice with sultanas, fried plantains and cooked kales.
I wish y’all could see the smile of his face. He devoured the meal within minutes. I, on the other hand, was still trying to be comfortable with the taste, it wasn’t bad, just more of a foreign taste. I would say this, the following day, I actually did enjoy the meal much better since my palate had become familiar with it.
I’ll try more and more recipes in this category using the green bananas to just see what else I can re-create and share with you guys.
I’d love to know, do you like matoke? Ever made it before? Do you like it? What is it you love to accompany it with?
Leave your comment in the section below, would love to hear from you.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe, hope to see you on the next one.