By Eric Barigye

Each week, Eric will be helping us to explore all things Uganda!

Welcome back to our weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other. 


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This week’s topic is Katogo – the Masaka people’s number 1 breakfast order! 

To learn more about it we go to Friend’s Point which is a local restaurant and a 2017 Uganda Marathon Charity Project. They start the day early going to the market at 7:00AM to buy the Matooke (green bananas) that make up the main part of the meal. 

Katogo has been a meal for as long as anybody can remember. It can be translated into English to mean “Mix” and this is because while it has many variations, they all involve mixing Matooke with something. Matooke can be prepared with beans, meat, fish, peas and groundnut sauce to make Katogo. 

Friends Point buys Matooke worth 3,000 shillings (just under 1 U.S dollar) which comes to around 27 bananas for their breakfast dish. On this day it is the Katogo of beans option. 

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After peeling the bananas, they are put in a saucepan that is filled with water, before putting it on the fire. The left-over beans from the previous day are then added to the newly soft bananas about 20 minutes later. For flavour, two onions, two tomatoes and a green pepper are cut and fried with vegetable oil in a separate saucepan. They are added to the boiling banana and beans mix, along with salt and curry powder, and then left to stew for around 2 minutes.

The Katogo they have prepared is enough for 4 to 5 servings.  Katogo is usually eaten with a steaming cup of black tea.

For Friends Point, breakfast has to be ready for the 8:30 – 9:00 AM morning period when hungry people come through their doors before the workday begins. 

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