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matokeIn 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

Serves 4

Cooking directions:

  • 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.


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Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.