Today’s Recipe: Matoke and Groundnut (Peanut butter) sauce

Chopped banana chunks

Chopped banana chunks

This week’s dish is from Uganda. Matoke is a raw, green, starchy cooking variety of the banana. It is traditionally steamed in banana leaves to be eaten as is or pounded/mashed akin to mashed potatoes.

For this easy version, all you do is boil the bananas in water (or use a steamer set up).

To give it a sweet and salty element, I have added ripe plantains to mine. Although that is not authentic, it’s a great way to make matoke for those that are less inclined to eat it. I have also amped up the sauce with tons of garlic and my favorite spices.

TIP: If you cannot make your own groundnut paste use your favorite brand of smooth peanut butter.


Servings: 4


  • 6 Green Bananas/Plantain
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Cup Groundnut Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder

    Ripe and green banana, lemon, peanut butter, pepper and other ingredients

    Ripe and green banana, lemon, peanut butter, pepper and other ingredients

  • 4-7 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Chili (opt)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Pat of butter (opt)
  • Chopped cilantro, garnish (opt)


  1. Peel the green bananas and plantain, chop into 1-2″ chunks. Juice the lemon into some water and rinse the bananas. Using a medium saucepan, add the bananas and bring to a boil until soft. Drain and mash with a pat of butter.
  2. While the bananas are coming up to a boil, dice the onion, mince the garlic and sauté in some oil for a few minutes. If using the chili, add it whole to the oil but remember to remove it prior to adding the groundnut sauce. Add the dry spices and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the groundnut sauce/peanut butter and stir continuously. As the sauce heats up it may start to thicken back up again. Just thin it out with a little hot water or stock.
  4. Serve a heaping of the matoke with the groundnut sauce over it. Garnish with chopped cilantro if you want to!
Matoke and Groundnut Sauce (5)

Peeling stage

Matoke and Groundnut Sauce (19)

Cooked Matoke

Matoke and Groundnut Sauce (18)

Peanut butter/Ground nut sauce

Matoke and Groundnut Sauce (13)


Matoke and Groundnut Sauce (27)

Mashed matoke