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How to Make Kenyan Style Matoke

Matoke is a type of food whose origin is believed to be in Kisii, Kenya. Kisii county is well known for the rich fertile soils which makes it possible for bananas to grow. Bananas are the main ingredients in this recipe. In this article, I am going to take you through easy steps on how to cook matoke.


1. A bunch of green bananas (preferably 5- 10 bananas)

2. 500 grams of red beef

3. 3 large chopped tomatoes

4. One large chopped onion.

4. Three chopped and thoroughly washed carrots

5. 5strands of dhania (also known as coriander leaves)

6. One table spoonful of common salt

7. 250 grams curry powder

8. ½ cup cooking oil


1. Smear some oil on your hands and peel the bananas. The oil usually helps your hands not to get sticky liquids from the bananas. You can also decide to use gloves on your hands.

2. Place the chopped red beef in a cooking pot.

3. Add a pinch of salt and one cup of clean water.

4. The next step is to place the pot in an oven then let it boil for 30 minutes till the meat becomes tender.

5. Once the meat is soft and ready, drain the soup that is remaining and put aside. This soup will be used late so preserve it.

6. Next is to add oil in the meat and heat in a medium temperature as you stir to mix then add the chopped onions.

7. Let the onions fry with the meat for about 3 minutes then add tomatoes and the chopped carrots.

8. Stir to mix then evenly and cover to simmer until the tomatoes have softened.

9. Add the bananas to beef and stir them evenly.

10. Lastly, add the preserved soup, salt, dhania and curry powder.

11. Cover them and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the bananas are soft depending on the temperature from the oven.

12. Serve while warm.

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