MTORI WITH COCONUT MILK: EAST AFRICA MEAT & GREEN BANANA SOUP
Mtori 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. We give it modern a Swahili twist by the addition of coconut milk which makes it silky smooth and more flavorsome.
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.
More information & tips
1) If you need to add more liquid 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 the amount of any other optional ingredients (e.g tomato and curry powder) 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!