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I have been looking forward to sharing this recipe with you, as I know you’ll be just as nuts about it as I am. Pun very much so intended! Per the info I have found, this soup, or stew, originates from West Africa. There are countless regional variations, but common to all of them is that it is a tomato based soup with peanuts and some form of starch. In my recipe, I use sweet potato.
The soup can easily be made both vegetarian and vegan, and if you are expecting a mixed group to your dinner table, just serve the protein on the side.
It’s a hearty, filling dish, Perfect for stormy autumn-evenings.
West African Peanut Soup
A hearty, filling soup recipa perfect for those stormy autumn nights.
- 2 red onions
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 red chili
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 5-6 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons tomato purée
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 can tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk
- 500 ml chicken broth
- 200 grams spinach
- Juice of 1 lime or ½ lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Roasted peanuts for topping
- A bunch of coriander topping
- 3-400 grams of fried, shredded chicken breast, for topping
- Boiled rice for serving.
Finely chop the onion, chili and garlic and grate the ginger. Sauté in some oil in a large pot for approx. 5 minutes or until the onion has become soft and shiny. Stir in cinnamon, paprika and peanut butter.
Peel and cube the sweet potato and add to the pot together with tomato paste. Occasionally stir for approx. 5 minutes.
Add canned tomatoes, coconut milk and broth, give the soup a boil. Let simmer under cover for 20-25 minutes until sweet potato is cooked.
While the soup is cooking, put the rice on, roast the peanuts in a dry pan and fry up the chicken.
If you want a thicker soup, wiz some of it up in a blender. Season with lemon, salt and pepper. Take the saucepan of the heat, add the spinach and stir.
Serve with rice, roasted peanuts, chopped coriander and fried chicken.