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Ugandan Luwombo: Banana leaf recipe

Ugandan Luwombo: Banana leaf recipe

Luwombo is a traditional dish enjoyed in Uganda; it holds cultural significance in the country’s history, especially in the Buganda region. The dish's unique method of steaming meat and vegetables in banana leaves goes back centuries and is said to have originated from the Buganda people, one of the largest ethnic groups in Uganda. The dish is said to be served to visitors, locals and more as a sign of hospitality and during special occasions.


Preparation Time

2 hours and 40 minutes.



Onions (chopped)

Tomatoes (chopped)

Garlic (minced)

Cooking oil

Green beans

Beef or chicken (or any preferred meat)

1 cup of groundnut paste

Chicken broth




Salt and pepper

Fresh banana leaves (of aluminium foil)


  • Mix the meat with onions, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Allow it to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • Mix the groundnut paste with the chicken broth in a separate bowl until it is smooth.
  • Take the banana leaf, and place pieces of the marinated meat in the centre.
  • Add a few potatoes, carrots, cabbage, green beans, onions and tomatoes.
  • Scoop groundnut sauce over the ingredients in the banana leaf and make sure it’s well covered.
  • Place the Luwombo packets in a large pot; steam it for about 2 hours until the meat and vegetables are well cooked.
  • Open the Luwombo packets transfer the cooked food into a plate and enjoy.