Matoke – Cooking Bananas or Plantains


Matoke/Plantains is one of the Traditional main dishes in south western Kenya to the Kisii community which consists of steamed green cooking bananas. This starchy dish also counts to one of National dishes in Uganda and other countries in east Africa.
Matoke / Plantains can either be cooked separately and served with a stew or as one dish including other ingredients e.g Vegetables, Potatoes or beef.
Here is one of my favorite simple and quick recipe to prepare Matoke.


For smashed Matoke you need;
8-10 Matoke/Plantain – peeled, coarsely chopped and washed
1 hand full of peanuts, crushed to powder like (or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter)
1 tablespoon butter (optional, i use it for them to be more tender)
1/2 cup fresh dairy milk (optional)
2 cups of water to boil
Salt to taste

For the Beef stew you need;
1 kilo Beef, cubed
4 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups of beef broth or water
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 fresh ginger, minced or crushed
2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
Fresh coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 table spoon of royco mchuzi mix
*Other Vegetables like carrots, and pepperoni may also be added.


Smashed Matoke/Plantain
Put Matoke/Plantain in a pan, add water and salt and bring them to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook them till tender but not mushy for about 20 minutes. You can check if they are cooked by piercing with a fork.
Once they are done, drain them and add milk, butter and crushed peanuts/peanut butter if any. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute then smash them lightly. Serve with beef stew.

Beef Stew

First boil beef with ginger for 10-15 minutes (I always do this for the meat to be tender)
Separate broth from meat and set both aside – you’ll need the broth later for the stew
Heat vegetable oil and on a medium heat fry onions and garlic till light brown. Add beef and continue frying till it starts to brown.
Add tomatoes (and the rest of the vegetables if any). Stir the mixture very well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
Now add the broth/water, salt, freshly grounded pepper and royco mchuzi mix to test. Cover the pot and on low gentle heat, let it cook for 30-45 minutes. Stir in between.
When the beef stew is done, switch off the heat, add fresh coriander and place the lid back. This way the coriander will be cooked by the steam hence giving your stew a very good taste.
Serve hot with Matoke.

Matoke (smashed with beef stew)

This is just one way of doing Matoke as there are many other ways.

41 thoughts on “Matoke – Cooking Bananas or Plantains

  1. this is my recipe of the year, made it as a surprise meal on Christmas day and hubby and son are madly in love with the meal. kazi tu ni kuchonga matoke.

    1. admin

      Hello Lynn,
      Glad you could surprise your loved ones.. We all need that special unique Recipe which our family loves and we could always spoil them with it! I am more that honoured to hear this is yours! you can boil your unpeeled Matoke first and when they are ready you peel them off before mashing! try it out…
      Best Regards x

  2. i never knew about this site until the other day n i liked the matoke recipe.. it was WOW! my hubby loved it.

    1. admin

      Hello Damaris,
      Glad you found your way here and could already spoil your hubby with the Matoke. Tune in as more Recipes are coming soon 😉 ps, am also working on the Cook Book 😉
      Best Regards..

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      Hello Lydia,
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      Happy Cooking.

  3. Trying this for dinner tonight. My hubby doesn’t like matoke but I feel this could change his mind. *fingers crossed*. Will give feedback how it went. Looking forward to trying other recipes. 🙂

  4. Hi can I have a different unique matoke recipe other than the mashed, or matoke with beef stew,matoke with groundnut stew..I have a lot of matoke and want to be creative with it..
    Kindly get back as I would love to prepare for supper

    1. admin

      Hello Brenda,
      I can not write you a whole bunch of different matoke recipes but here are some ideas; deep fried matoke, matoke in coconut milk,Oven Baked matoke (you can serve with creme fraiche or natural yoghurt), matoke salad (serve with bbq meat or chicken) or matoke chips for snacks. Hope this helps you!
      Happy Cooking!

  5. I live in Canada and would like to make Matoke to a vegan friend. Do you have more recipes?

    1. admin

      Hello Ruth,
      I do not have vegan matoke recipes on the Blog yet but here are some suggestions; mashed matoke serve with tofu stew garnished with coriander, Matoke boiled in coconut milk with cardamom, baked or deep fried matoke served with grilled vegetables. Hope I could help.
      Happy Cooking.

  6. Made this for the family Friday dinner and had to make it again. Everybody body loved it. Something healthy and tasty. Thanks.

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