Ah Katogo! I cannot believe it took me this long to talk about it! Actually I have talked about katogo before here and here. It’s just that I have never talked about matooke (green banana) katogo and I know you are wondering why. Well, as much as it is a popular breakfast dish, it is always a treat in our household because a) I am yet to perfect that soft tooke wrapped in banana leaves and b) peeling these green bananas is an art in and of itself. So often times I find myself steering clear of matooke altogether. But once in a while the craving hits and point b) is ignored. Now this is the simplest way Katogo can be made. Peeling matooke and throwing them in a pan, adding diced tomatoes and onions and anything else that you think will help enhance the meal and letting it boil till the bananas are soft and tender. Easy! Once you learn how to make this classic katogo, you can then customize it to your liking.
What you will need:
15-20 Green bananas
10 Medium sized tomatoes
1 Large onion
2 Scallion stalks
1 Tsp. Oil + Additional 1/2 Tsp. Oil
Salt and pepper
- Applying oil to your hands before peeling the bananas prevents the sap from staining and sticking to your hands.
- The amount of water you add to the katogo will determine the consistency of your katogo. More water will make it soupy and vice versa.
- Sometimes a lot of tomatoes can make the food a little bit tart. If so, add a little bit of sugar to cut through the tartness.
- Apply the 1/2 teaspoon of oil on your hands and the knife you will be using. Peel the green bananas. Place the peeled bananas in water to avoid excessive oxidation.
- Dice the tomatoes and onions and set a side. Place a clean pan on fire and add the 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the onions and let them cook till translucent. Next add the tomatoes. Let the tomatoes cook till tender and paste-like.
- Add the bananas and enough water to almost submerge the bananas. Let the katogo boil till the bananas are almost tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Once they start becoming tender, reduce the fire and let the katogo simmer. Remove from fire and let cool. Serve with ghee, a side of greens and tea.
Have you tried katogo before? What variation are your favorite?