Matoke: Spice your palettes up with this Ugandan lunch recipe

Spice your palettes up with this Ugandan lunch recipe, Matoke

In honour of the 56th Independence celebration of Uganda, let's appreciate a bit of the country's cuisine.

Matoke joins the many meals one can make with plantain, but this time it’s coming from across the border. Spice your palettes up with this Ugandan lunch recipe.

Cooking time

1 hour 20 minutes

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Cooking method


Recipe Yield

4-5 servings


8 fingers of plantain 2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 large onion (chopped) 1 green pepper (chopped)
2 tbsps lemon juice (optional) 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
Chili pepper Chopped/minced beef
1 cup beef stock (optional) Salt to taste
Oil for frying  


1. Peel plantains and cut into cubes. Sprinkle lemon juice on them and set aside.

2. Heat a large pan and add oil. Put the onions and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add tomatoes, green pepper and chili. Add salt to taste. Let ingredients fry for some minutes.


3. Pour in the meat and stock and cook till the broth starts to boil.

4. Add the plantains and cover pot to cook on low heat.

5. Keep checking on meal until plantains are tender and beef is thoroughly cooked.

Your Matoke is ready! Enjoy the delicacy from the horn of Africa.

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