Mtori: Banana and Meat Soup2013-03-02
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Mtori soup, made from plantain, is usually eaten for breakfast. Below is a recipe for this thick banana and meat stew.
This would usually be cooked over an open fire in a clay pot called a chungu – all the ingredients would be cooked in the pot at the same time. Once the cooking has finished the meat would be removed, cut into small chunks [fat and gristle is not discarded] and then reheated in the soup.
- 1 kilo beef short ribs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 10 Plantain [green banana] peeled and sliced
- 4 medium-sized potatoes – peeled
- 2 medium onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbs. butter
Put the s ribs, enough cold water, and salt in a large casserole pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Skim the foam and scum as they rise to the surface. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 1-1/2 hours.
Add the plantains, potatoes, and onions, and continue simmering for another 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the potatoes can be mashed.
Remove the short ribs from the pot. Remove the meat from the bones and cut away the fat and gristle, and discard. Cut the meat into bite-size pieces.
Purée the soup and vegetables. Return the purée to the pot, add the meat, and stir in the butter. Adjust seasoning – Enjoy.
Coconut milk is sometimes added toward the end of cooking to make the soup even richer.