Matooke is usually harvested green, carefully peeled and then cooked and often mashed or pounded into a meal. In Uganda and Rwanda (where matooke is a national dish for both countries), matooke is steam-cooked, and the mashed meal. The Baganda a tribe in Uganda pride themselves in making the best matoke dishes.
Matooke can also be taken as a breakfast dish called Katogo that is cooked together with different sauces like beef, beans, offals, goat and whatever choice is preferred. In this method, the matooke are not smashed and also eliminates the need of preparing a separate sauce.
The matooke produce has been creatively advanced these days to variety of products. These include
1. Gonja crisps. These are sliced and fried ti they become crispy and are eaten as snacks
2. Instant Porridge. All you need is a cup or bowl and water to stir and you have your porridge ready to eat.
3. Flour. The ingredient can be added to your recipe to bake or make your favorite bread rolls, buns, fruit rolls among otheres
4. Gonja. This is when a type of selected ripe bananas are heated directly or fried known to be a road side delicacy and served at restaurants
5. Pan cakes. The ripe bananas are mixed with flour shaped into a circle to create this sweet simple snack.
With the right preparation, you can not go wrong with the different recipes matooke has to offer. Enjoy!