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Peanut Stew-West African Peanut Stew Recipe

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West African Peanut Stew:  This hearty and flavorful stew is a popular dish in West Africa. It’s made with a base of tomatoes, peanut butter, and various vegetables. Serve it with rice or traditional African flatbreads like fufu or banku.

Introduction: West African Peanut Stew, also known as Groundnut Stew, is a flavorful and hearty dish that originates from the West African region. It’s a popular and comforting dish that combines the richness of peanuts with a medley of vegetables, creating a satisfying and nutritious meal. This stew is often enjoyed with a side of rice or traditional African flatbreads like fufu or banku. The combination of savory flavors and creamy texture makes it a true delight for the taste buds.


  • 1 cup peanut butter (unsweetened and natural)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (palm oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup okra, sliced (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked white rice, fufu, or banku (for serving)


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Chop the onions, tomatoes, sweet potato, carrots, bell pepper, and okra (if using).
    • Mince the garlic and ginger.
  2. Sauté Aromatics:
    • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent and start to brown slightly.
    • Stir in the minced garlic and ginger, and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Add Tomatoes and Spices:
    • Add the diced tomatoes to the pot and cook until they soften and release their juices.
    • Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to allow the spices to bloom.
  4. Incorporate Peanut Butter:
    • Add the peanut butter to the pot and stir to combine with the tomato-spice mixture.
    • Allow the peanut butter to melt and blend with the other ingredients, creating a rich and aromatic base for the stew.
  5. Add Vegetables:
    • Add the diced sweet potatoes, sliced carrots, diced bell pepper, and sliced okra (if using) to the pot.
    • Stir well to coat the vegetables with the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Pour in Broth/Water:
    • Pour in the vegetable broth or water to the pot, ensuring that the vegetables are fully submerged.
  7. Simmer and Cook:
    • Bring the stew to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low.
    • Cover the pot and let the stew simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  8. Adjust Seasoning:
    • Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more salt, pepper, or cayenne pepper according to your taste preference.
  9. Serve:
    • Serve the West African Peanut Stew hot over cooked white rice, fufu, or banku.
    • Garnish each serving with chopped fresh cilantro for added freshness and flavor.

Cooking Tips:

  • You can customize the vegetable selection based on your preference and what’s in season. Eggplant, spinach, or kale are also great additions.
  • For a creamier texture, you can blend a portion of the stew using an immersion blender before serving.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by varying the amount of cayenne pepper.
  • Use natural and unsweetened peanut butter to maintain the authentic flavor of the dish.
  • Palm oil is commonly used in West African cuisine, but you can substitute it with vegetable oil if needed.

Cooking Time:

  • Preparation: 20 minutes
  • Cooking: 30 minutes
  • Total: 50 minutes

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious West African Peanut Stew with the accompaniment of your choice!

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