Matoke (Green Bananas) with Peanut Sauce

  It is banana season where I am from. Yeah right, am a shamba boy (resides in the countryside.) These plenty of bananas got me thinking

Matoke with peanut sauce on a white plate


It is banana season where I am from. Yeah right, am a shamba boy (resides in the countryside.) These plenty of bananas got me thinking I should do a Matoke recipe.

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Matoke is a popular dish in East Africa particularly in Uganda. I visited the country some time back and boy do they love the dish! It is pretty safe to say that they have gone bananas over matoke😂. Banana dishes are the ‘king’ of all foods in the country.

A common practice among them while cooking is to mash the bananas and serve with other meals preferably stews. The most popular accompaniment is peanut sauce made by grinding peanuts/groundnuts to fine powder, adding water and cooking the resulting paste.

See also: Spaghetti Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Benefits of eating Matoke/Green Bananas

A fruit that can be savored in its ripe and raw forms is a true powerhouse of nutrients. There are many pros of indulging in green bananas

  • They are full of fiber responsible for digestive health
  • Rich in potassium responsible for heart health
  • Excellent source of vitamins

Are green bananas different from plantains?  Yes. Despite being from the same Family, they are different in texture, shape and flavor.

Give this recipe inspired by Pendo La Mama a go and let me know how it goes in the comments. Share this post too through any of the share buttons. Sharing is caring

Matoke (Green Bananas) with Peanut Sauce
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: East African
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 3
Delicious and nutritious East African Matoke ready in just under 30 minutes
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 cup stock, whichever you got
  • 10 peeled and sliced matoke bananas
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil
Peanut Sauce
  • 3 handful roasted peanuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  1. Heat oil and saute onions till golden brown
  2. Add ginger, cumin, matoke and stock.
  3. Give a quick stir and cover. Let it simmer on low heat till cooked stirring once in a while. Add water if needed till cooked through. Poke with a fork to check if ready.
  4. Add salt to taste and set aside
Peanut Sauce
  1. Grind peanuts in a pestle and mortar till fine. You can also use a blender
  2. Add some water to make it a chunky paste
  3. In a small pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil add garlic and 2 tablespoons of water
  4. Once the garlic gets milky, add the peanut paste, stir for 30 seconds and remove from heat
  5. In another pot, heat oil and saute onions to golden brown
  6. Add tomatoes and let cook till soft about 1 minute
  7. Mix in the peanut and garlic mix
  8. Add some water and salt to taste. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. Garnish with coriander and serve


2 thoughts on “Matoke (Green Bananas) with Peanut Sauce

  1. Awesome recipe! I will be trying that recipe later during the day before my children comes home from school and my husband comes home from work. I’m hoping they would love it. Thanks for the recipe!

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