Kenyan Recipe The Obamas Could Try

written by Winnie Wangui 21st July 2015

The Obama fever is at an all time high this week as Kenyans await his visit on Friday. The world also awaits this moment as he comes for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held at the United Nations in Gigiri. I hope you are carrying some form of identification everywhere you go to be on the safe side with all the security involved ahead of his visit.

We would like to welcome the US President to Kenya and what better way than to share a traditional Kenyan recipe he could try with his family. Here’s an easy Matoke (Cooking Bananas or Plantains) with Beef stew recipe the Obamas will most definitely love. The Apple Cobbler recipe by the First Lady Michelle Obama will compliment this meal as dessert.

Matoke and Beef Stew Recipe-Kenyan recipe for the Obamas

Image: allkenyanrecipes.com

Recipe: allkenyanrecipes.com


For smashed Matoke:

  • 8-10 Matoke/Plantain-peeled, coarsely chopped and washed
  • 1 handful of peanuts crushed to powder or 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dairy milk
  • 2 cups of water to boil
  • Salt to taste

For Beef Stew

  • 1 Kg beef, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of beef broth or water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh ginger, minced or crushed
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh coriander
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Royco Mchuzi Mix
  • Other vegetables like carrots or pepperoni may be added

Directions For Matoke

  1. Put Matoke/Plantain in a pan, add water and salt and bring them to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook them till tender but not mushy, for about 20 minutes. You can check if they are cooked by piercing with a fork
  3. Once they are done, drain them, add milk, butter and crushed peanuts/peanut butter.
  4. Let the mixture boil for one minute, then smash them lightly.

Directions For Beef Stew

  1. First boil the meat with ginger for 10-15 minutes to make it tender
  2. Separate broth from meat and set both aside-you will use broth for stew later.
  3. Heat vegetable oil on medium heat, fry onions and garlic till brown
  4. Add beef and continue frying till it starts to brown
  5. Add tomatoes and the rest of the vegetables and stir and let it cook for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the broth/water, salt, freshly grounded pepper and Royco Mchuzi Mix to taste.
  7. Cover the pot and on low gentle heat, let it cook for 30-45 minutes, stir in between
  8. Once the beef stew is done, switch off the heat, add coriander and place the lid back


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