Uganda : Matoke 🇺🇬

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This project didn’t happen by accident. Many years ago, I was scouring the interwebs for ideas for new meals, when I came across a sweet potato-and-peanut dish from West Africa. It opened my eyes to some new ways of cooking, and it was delicious.

Spices, plantains and onion prepped for cooking.

Spices, plantains and onion prepped for cooking.

If you haven’t used peanuts in a curry-like format before, you’re missing out. They add a great flavor to sauces, and match well with traditional curry accoutrements, like tomatoes, onions and peppers. Thus I found myself with Matoke, a stew from Uganda traditionally served over mashed plantains.

Wait, mashed plantains?

Oh, oh yes, mashed plantains. Creamy, sweet, oh-so-yellow and oh-so-good.

Autumn is inching its way closer to being a part of my life, and I’m reacting in kind by trying to use as much of summer’s leftover bounty as possible. In this case, I had some fresh turmeric that I attempted to grow in my garden this year. Turmeric is a native to southeast India, a warm, moist place that doesn’t have a lot in common with Oregon’s growing seasons. So my turmeric didn’t turn out very big, but I did grind up the rhizomes I got for use in this dish – supplemented by some powder I had in the pantry.

This dish was outstanding. It originally called for goat, but I “chickened” out and went with poultry instead. Easily one of the Top 5 dishes of this project so far.

I based this recipe from several sources, including Far Flung Travels, Taste of Home, Whats4Eats and Caught Eating.

Matoke 🇺🇬

  • 3 plantains, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    Once the chicken is browned, stir all the ingredients together, then simmer.

    Once the chicken is browned, stir all the ingredients together, then simmer.

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 30 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ts turmeric, ground
  • 1 ts cumin, ground
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ts cardamon, ground
  • 3 short hot peppers
  • 2 Tb oil
  • 1 cup fresh peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vegetable bullion cube
  • 1 lb chicken, cubed
  1. Add cream and butter to the potatoes, and MASH.

    Add cream and butter to the potatoes, and MASH.

    Sprinkle the plantains with lemon juice and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Put plantains in a large pot, with enough water to cover by 4-5 inches. Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender.
  3. Drain, add milk and butter, and mash.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry onion, tomatoes, peppers and garlic together, and add spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add meat and brown.
  6. Add vegetable broth and peanut butter, boil then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Matoke stew, complete. Mmm good!

Matoke stew, complete. Mmm good!

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