Peanut Matoke

by Edward Daniel
Peanut Matoke is vegan and paleo. Image by Edward Daniel (c).

Silky fluffy matoke in a nutty peanut coconut sauce laced with cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and ginger; Peanut Matoke.

Indulge in something smooth pillowy down. And, gulp.

This dish will detonate any belief that vegan food can’t be super easy to make.

Make this:

  • When you’re in search for an exotic African fruit that’ll have you gushing
  • When you fed up with potatoes and need another carbohydrate that’ll keep you going with energy
  • When you’ve got Cousin Fred over for dinner and a dish that’ll outwit his knowledge and have him scratching his head to make out the Matoke

Peanut Matoke was inspired when attending a friend’s house for dinner. His wife is Ugandan and she rustled up a delicious matoke dish. This dish is hats off to the introduction to matoke.

Matoke is rich in potassium, and high in starch and fibre, helping with digestion and avoid constipation.

This savoury dish is vegan and paleo.

What to do next

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My recipes are featured in vegan speciality publications: Nourished, Vegan Life, Plant Based and Vegan, Food and Living.

Order my first self-published book, “Essence: The Beginner’s Guide to Veganism” part of the three-part Circle of Food series. My second book “Presence: The Ascending Vegan” – which explores how to maintain a vegan practice is out in 2027 – I have compiled all the chapters including recipes.

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Peanut Matoke is vegan and paleo. Image by Edward Daniel (c).
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 4 matoke
  • 1 onion
  • 4tbs olive oil
  • 200g peanut
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 small turmeric root or 1tbs turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger or 1tbs ginger powder
  • 1tbs coriander powder
  • 1tbs cumin seeds
  • 1 small cinnamon stick, ground
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tbs tomato puree
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • Few sprigs of coriander
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Peel and cut the matoke into slices. Drop into boiling water and then simmer. Cook until the matoke cuts through easily with a knife.  This will take about 15 minutes. Set to one side.
  2. Whizz the turmeric and ginger with coconut milk in a blender. Set to one side.
  3. Sauté the onion in oil until translucent. Add in the peanuts and toast until golden.
  4. Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes before adding a little coconut milk to form a paste. Pour in the remaining milk and add in the tomato puree. Bring to the boil and simmer.
  5. Add in the matoke to the peanut sauce. Cook for a couple of minutes. Switch off the heat.  Add in the lemon juice, season with salt and toss in some chopped coriander.
  6. Serve with chapati or rice.


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