A staple from Uganda, made from steamed green cooking bananas.


  • 10 matoke (green cooking bananas, can substitute unripe plantains)
  • 5 cups water


  • Peel the bananas and wash them in cold water. 
  • Put into a pot, add the water, and cover. 
  • Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and continue to cook. The mixture will turn yellow when well-cooked. 
  • Drain the water. Mash the bananas with a wooden spoon. 
  • Wrap the mashed food in foil and place on a steaming basket. 
  • Place the steamer inside a large pot and add water. Steam on low heat for 20 minutes. 
  • Serve while hot.


This dish is a staple food in Uganda. Staples are foods that are eaten regularly, often daily or with every meal. In is usually eaten alongside a soup or sauce.

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