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Matooke: Uganda’s ‘national’ food

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Ask any Ugandan what they consider as their most common food and they will most probably say Matooke. It is a meal consisting of green bananas (plantain) which are peeled, boiled (or steamed in banana leaves) and then mashed. Sometimes though, they are not mashed, especially in cases when one intends to prepare katogo (another local delicacy).

Matooke is best served with ground nut sauce or beef or chicken or beans. Matooke is rich in potassium, one serving of the food has as much potassium as two-and-a -half glasses of milk, or two-and-a-half bananas. Potassium plays a key role in regulating one’s blood pressure.