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Moukhbaza (Mashed banana paste)

the african gourmet


  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 5 whole fresh hot chili peppers


  • Cut your peppers in tiny slivers so it dries out faster. Place single layer on a baking sheet, and then toast them in a 125-degree oven for about 4 hours.
  • Remove peels and place bananas in a bowl. Use a fork or potato masher to mash the bananas well.
  • For each cup of mashed banana, add one teaspoon of lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • In a large bowl add mashed bananas and top with dried hot peppers.
  • For a prettier presentation cut a banana pepper in half lengthwise, bake for 10 minutes on a 325-degree oven, cool peppers slightly and stuff with mashed bananas and serve.