Matoke Masala Chips

If you are from Kenya, you might be familiar with chips masala. Well I took our kawa(ordinary) chips masala a step further to make matoke Masala chips. Matoke is green raw bananas in English and this recipe is also vegetarian and vegan friendly not to mention super healthy. I blanched the matoke in hot water as opossed to deepf frying, so you know its good for your soul. haha.

Matoke masala chips recipe: serves 3


  • 1 kg(9-10pcs) matoke (green raw bananas)
  • 1 large onion (cut into thin slices)
  • 3 large tomatoes -(350g): (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ( ginger and garlic paste)- 2 cloves garlic & half thumb size ginger
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp dhania
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • little water about 50ml-100ml to dilutte the sauce if too thick
  • *lemon to squeeze into the matoke water and for final touches.

matoke masala chips_sheenas kitchen


Blanching the banannas

  1. Peel the matoke and cut into thick chips sizes. refer to video.
  2. soak matoke in cold water squeezed with the juice of 1 medium small lemon
  3. Bring water to a boil and season with some salt
  4. Add the matoke and par cook for about 5 minutes or until the matoke is just about soft.
  5. Remove from hot water and set aside aside to cool.

Tip; cut the masala chips and soak in the cold water. then make the masala sauce, so that once you blanch the matoke you can add it directly to the sauce.

Masala sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions just until soft
  2. Add the tomatoes, stir
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste and stir until fragrant
  4. Add the spices: cumin, curry powder,chili powder, salt and pepper, mix well and cover and simmer for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and spices are well mixed
  5. Add the tomato paste, a little water , stir well taste to check the seasoning.
  6. Add the blanched masala chips, and carefully mix to ensure they do not break
  7. cook for about a minute or just until the matoke is well covered with the sauce
  8. Add the dhania and just stir it before serving
  9. Drizzle with some lemon juice and sprinkle some extra dhania and enjoy.


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