A vegan stew based on peanuts? Such an interesting combination makes me curious and this is definitely something I need to try. Normally I associate stew with meat. But this vegan version, African peanut stew, is absolutely a must. I found the inspiration for this dish on veggiefunkitchen. This is a site that specialises in creating vegan version of classical recipes.
I was in doubt for a long time on how to classify this recipe. At first I felt it was a meal soup. And as mentioned before, I associate stew with meat. But I stay with my second thought: it is definitely a stew. The crunchy peanut bites convinced me finally.
African peanut stew
- 0,5 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1,5 teaspoon cumin
- cayenne pepper up to taste
- salt up to taste
- black pepper up to taste
- 500 ml vegetable broth
- 1 can tomato cubes 400 gram
- 150 gram peanut butter
- 150 gram peanuts
- 2 carrots
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 bell pepper red
- 100 gram spinach fresh baby spinach or frozen spinach
- 1 onion yellow
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teasponn ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Cut the vegetables into pieces: onion, carrots, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, garlic.
- Bake the onion during a few minutes in olive oil, until tender. Then add the vegetables.
- Let them bakes for a few minutes, until they start releasing moisture, and then add the tomato cubes.
- Add the ginger powder and the maple syrup.
- After a few minutes, add the vegetable broth and the peanut butter.
- Bring it to a boil, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, crush most of the peanuts into fine pieces. Put some of them aside for garnishing. Also cut the spinach into small pieces.
- Add the crushed peanuts and the spinach to the stew, and let them get hot for a few minutes.
- Serve immediately in big dishes and garnish with some peanuts that you put aside.
I am not a hardcore vegetarian or vegan. But of course, also in this kind of cuisine you have very interesting and surprising recipes. That are of course also very tasty. For me, the criterium to judge is whether it is good food or not. Then it doesn’t matter whether is was with meat, or without meat or plant based.
How to measure peanut butter?
Measuring peanut butter (and similar substances) can be quite a mess. But on veggiefunkitchen I found a great tip to do this more efficiently. I first measured the vegetable broth. Then I recalibrated the scale and added the peanut butter to the broth. No sticking and no need for scraping!
Other African inspired recipes on surprising.recipes are: