In Uganda where plantains are a staple crop, they are known as matoke (or matooke). Matoke is also the name given to this delicious dish. Different variations of matoke recipes can be found in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya.
4 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
6 firm green bananas or green plantains, peeled and diced
1 cassava root or red yam, peeled and cut into small bite size pieces
1 tablespoon curry powder
Salt, to taste
1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
2 cups water
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
- In a large skillet or saucepot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender and golden.
- Stir in tomatoes, jalapeño, bananas, and cassava or yams. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add curry powder, salt, coconut milk and water and bring to boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes or until cassava or yams are tender.
- Stir occasionally.
- Garnish with cilantro.