MTORI: EAST AFRICA MEAT & GREEN BANANA SOUP
Mtori - which is basically a thick soup made of mashed green cooking banana and meat broth. An indigenous local soup with its origins around Northern Tanzania from the Chagga tribe. The thick soup is primarily and traditionally made of mashed banana with meat, oil, onions and salt is added seasoning. It is similar to Matoke, the only difference being the former is porridge/thick soup consistency because the banana is mashed while the bananas Matoki is solid. Here we teach you how to cook Mtori: this traditional soup the authentic way! So grab your wooden spoon and welcome to our Chagga pot!
NOTE: The whole dish can be cooked in one pot OR you can boil the meat and banana separately then assemble together at the end. If cooking in one pot, add the bananas in same pot after the meat is fully cooked.
METHOD 1: ONE POT MEAL
More information & tips
1) If you need to add more water at any stage in the soup for a thinner consistency, then add HOT water or broth.
2) In Uganda, the green banana are substituted with Green cooking bananas (matoke). Although the Chagga people prefer the variety known as Mshali.
3) The type of banana and any additional optional ingredients (e.g tomato and/or coconut milk) added to the soup will affect both its flavour and colour. Do not use green plantain to prepare this soup as it will result in a very dark colour (almost black) soup!
4) Additional ingredients that can be added to this dish include garlic, green pepper, tomatoes, curry powder and coconut milk.