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  • 6-8 ripe matoke (green bananas), peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1-2 hot peppers (optional for spice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • Banana leaves (optional for serving)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped hot peppers (if using). Sauté for about 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent.
  2. Add the sliced matoke, chopped tomatoes, and salt. Stir well to combine the ingredients.
  3. Pour in the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the matoke are tender.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and mash the matoke with a wooden spoon or fork until they become smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve hot with banana leaves (if using) and enjoy!

Matoke is a staple food in Uganda and is often served with meat or beans as a main course. It can also be eaten as a snack or side dish.



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