Apr 26, 2014

Eating Around the World: African Peanut Stew

It's time for a new recipe - and, since I'm half-Zimbabwean and originally from South Africa, it's high time for a traditional African recipe!

For those of you who are already fans of African cuisine, this recipe is flavorful and well-spiced. For those who haven't tried much African food yet, but love sweet potatoes (and I know a lot of you do) this is a healthy and delicious meal with sweet potatoes.

African Peanut Stew
Serves 3

* 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 large clove garlic, minced
* 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger root
* 1 tsp. ground cumin
* 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
* 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
* 3/4 lb. sweet potatoes, chopped
* 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
* 2 c. water
* 0.5 tsp. salt
* 1/4 c. dry-roasted peanuts
* 1 pinch cayenne pepper
* 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
* 1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Step Zero - Chop all of the vegetables (I know it lists 'chopped' in the ingredients, but chances are you have to do this yourself. Doing it all before you start will make it easier to stay on top of things as you cook, even if distractions come up or the doorbell rings.

1) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

2) Once the oil is hot, add the onion and saute for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

3) Add garlic, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon, mix.

4) Add tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot.

5) Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently.

6) Add water and salt, bring to a boil.

7) Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

8) Remove the soup from heat. At this point, a lot of the water should be soaked up as this will be a stew, not a soup. You can pre-mash a little, as the potatoes will be very soft, to make it easier on your food processor.

9) Add the peanuts, puree in a food processor until mostly smooth.

10) Return to heat, add peanut butter.

11) Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through. It's important to stir constantly so that it doesn't burn on the bottom at this point!

12) Top with chopped (or shredded) cilantro to serve. DON'T MIX IN.

Serve hot and enjoy!

It's a very satisfying stew, but also pairs well with rice for a filling meal. I really like brown rice, but most types work!

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