Image: Mtori, an East African Plantain and Beef Soup
Mtori is a traditional East African meat and plantain soup that is a classic dish in Tanzania at meal time.
To Serve 4 to 6
- 3 pounds beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch lengths
- 1 quarter water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 medium-sized ripe plaintains (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled and sliced into rounds 1/4 inch thick
- 3 medium-sized boiling potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and quartered, then placed in a bowl of cold water to prevent discoloration
- 2 medium-sized onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
With a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the short ribs to a plate. Remove the bones, cut away the fat and gristle, and discard them. Cut the meat into 1/2-inch pieces.
Puree the soup through a food mill set over a bowl and return it to the casserole. Stir in the butter and meat and simmer for a few minutes to reheat the soup. Taste for seasoning and serve at once from a heated bowl or individual soup plates. Although called a soup, this is more like a thick stew and in East Africa is served as a main course.