Saturday, 22 September 2007

Matoke and Bijanjaalo / Green Bananas/ Plantains and Beans

This month Jhiva for Ingredients is bananas. Hosted by Mandira and Ashwin of Ahaar



Having been born in Uganda, East Africa, matoke (green bananas) was stuff I was brought up on. Matoke can be cooked in several ways:
1. Mashed with Lamb or Chicken; Oluwombo
2. Stewed in a Spicy Peanut Sauce
3. Boiled with tomatoes; usually given to invalids as it is so easy to digest
4. with kidney beans

Yesterday we had matoke with anasazi beans. You can read a bit more about this bean at Ellen's Kitchen





4 - 5 matoke (green bananas from Uganda)
1 1 cup anasazi beans; soaked overnight and pressure cooked
1 200g can peeled tomatoes; liquidised
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 inch ginger - grated
2 chillis - minced
1 table spn vegetable oil
1 tspn mustard seeds
1/2 tspn tumeric
2 teaspoons coriander/cumin mix
salt to taste

Method
1. Peel the green bananas, slice that into 1 inch chunks and place in cold water, (otherwise they discolour).
2. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, as soon as they start to splutter, add the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and the minced chillis, stir and fry for a few minutes.
3. Add the cumin, coriander and tumeric, fry for a few minutes. Add the bananas and the beans with boiling water (2 cups) and mix so that the vegetables are coated with the mixture.
4. Add osalt and cook for 20 minutes

Nice by it self with chevro or you can serve with chapatis or rice
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12 comments:

Asha said...

Looks yummy! Plantains are plenty in India too, they are different tasting than what we got here in US form South America.Indian plantains are smaller and tastier.
My next post for JFI too!:))

Apple said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Saju...your plantain recipe looks yumm...East African cuisine is new to me...'ll keep visiting for more of your recipes...

Rina said...

I've never heard this combo. Looks nice. Hope to try it

musical said...

Very nice recipe and entirely new to me! Bookmarked!

Padma said...

NIce and very new recipe to me, Never heard of such combo! Looks great n juicy

Nags said...

looks great. i also love the bowl you served it in!

Dee & Chai said...

yummy!u'r cuisine is very unique and thats what makes visiting u'r blog interesting!.

Saju said...

Thanks Asha, I look forward to your entry. Green bananas in East Africa were quite small to and we can get them from Asian shops here, but they should be imported from Kenya, not South America.

Thanks Apple, I like your website

Do try it, Rina, it is very tasty. said...

I've never heard this combo. Looks nice. Hope to try it

Thanks Musical

Thanks Padma, It is really great n juicy
Thnak Nags, yeah I love that bowl too, it is a Japanese rice bowl!

Thanks Dee & Chai, it is great to get praise on a foodblog, makes you want to blog more

Happy cook said...

The dish looks really delicious, the combination is new to me.

mb said...

absolutely delicious. I love the recipe. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the great entry. -- Mandira

Sharmi said...

this looks real yum. anything goes great with those beans.

anjana said...

I am a born Tanzanian Asian.

We use onions for the tomato recipe.

Mostly thick creamy coconut curry is used for cooking plaintain and ginger paste,green chillies/salt/pinch of termeric and lemon is added at the end.

Anjana

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