Day 10: Uganda's Matoke with Plantain

Updated: May 5, 2020

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The matoke or matooke, is the national dish of Uganda and one of the most ancient of the world. The legend says that it was brought to the Earth by Kintu, the first man. The medium-sized green bananas are locally known as "matoke".

Ugandan cuisine consists of traditional and modern cooking styles, practices, foods and dishes in Uganda, with English, Arab, and Asian (especially Indian) influences.

Most tribes in Uganda have their own specialty dish or delicacy. Many dishes include various vegetables, potatoes, yams, bananas and other tropical fruits. Chicken, pork, fish (usually fresh, but there is also a dried variety, reconstituted for stewing),[1] beef, goat[1] and mutton are all commonly eaten, although among the rural poor, meats are consumed less than in other areas, and mostly eaten in the form of bushmeat. Nyama is the Bantu languages word for "meat"

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Uganda; is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

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Beginning in 1894, the area was ruled as a protectorate by the UK, who established administrative law across the territory. Uganda gained independence from the UK on 9 October 1962. The period since then has been marked by violent conflicts, including an eight-year-long far right military dictatorship led by Idi Amin. Additionally, a lengthy civil war against the Lord's Resistance Army in the Northern Region led by Joseph Kony, has caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. The official languages are English and Swahili, although "any other language may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative, administrative or judicial purposes as may be prescribed by law." Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken, including Acholi, Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Luo and Lusoga.

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This Matoke beef stew with plantain's is sweet, savory and slightly spicy. The plantains slowly simmer and soften leaving you with a deep and robust flavor and fork-tender beef, waxy potatoes and carrots.

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Ingredients - Serves 4

1 lb Organic beef chuck 8 Organic plantains 1 cup Organic yellow onions ,chopped 4 cloves Organic garlic ,minced 1 TBSP Organic lemon juice 1 lbs Organic red potatoes 1/2 lbs Organic carrots 1 Organic green pepper 2 TBSP Organic diced chili peppers 1 Can Organic diced tomatoes 1 cup Organic beef broth 1 tsp Organic coriander 1 tsp Organic curry 1 tsp Organic cumin 1 tsp Organic turmeric 1 tsp Organic cinnamon 1 tsp Organic ground ginger 1 tsp Organic sea salt teaspoons salt 1 tsp Organic freshly ground black pepper 2 Organic bay leaves

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