Meal time is a big event at Malayaka House. With dozens of kids hungry for a delicious meal, the aunties at the house work tirelessly to serve up dishes which are sure to please. Matooke tops the list of favourites.
Matooke is a plantain which can be steamed, boiled or grilled and can be served mashed or whole. Cooked with fresh tomatoes from the garden, matooke can be a satisfying and nutritious side dish or mid-day snack.
Viola is a matooke master! She loves to come home from school and have a big plate of matooke and meat—with beef being her favourite. She is also a master peeler when it comes to this banana, which is no small feat in itself. The peels are extremely tough and there is a precise method to getting it just right.
Volunteers love matooke with groundnut sauce and eggplant. A rich sauce high in protein and purple in color as the skins are left on the groundnut when it is pounded into flour and then boiled into a sauce. Mmmm…all this talk of matooke is making me hungry!