I love this as it shows how traditinal cooking has been adapted and changed by using the local produce and ingredients of a place the indians adopted as their new home.
My family has been in Kenya for generations and I definitely consider it my home.
Matoke are green bananas which are really versatile. I love them spiced and here is my recipe. They are sweet so this has a wonderful contrast with the indian spices.
- 2 matokes (green bananas available in most asian shops), sliced.
- 1 red onion
- 2 beef tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree paste
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon dhana jeeru (cumin and coriander powder)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Coriander to garnish, chopped
- In a pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds and black peppercorns.
- When they start to sizzle, add the onions and cook them on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook for a further 3 minutes.
- Pour in the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes and add all the spices except the garam masala.
- Let this cook for around 5 minutes and then add 1 and a 1/2 cups water.
- Add the sliced matoke and cover the pan.
- Let this cook for around 8 minutes and then add the garam masala and adjust the salt according to taste.
- Cook until you have a gravy like consistency and then take it off heat and garnish with coriander.
- Best served with chapatis or rice and enjoyed hot.