Ground Nut Stew
- In a large pot, heat the oil on medium heat, and sauté the onions to develop browning. Add the garlic, ginger, and spices and cook for an additional minute.
- Add the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, stock and chile. Cover, and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
- Place the peanut butter in a bowl, add some of the liquid from the pot and whisk until the mixture is combined.
- Add the thinned-out peanut butter mixture to the pot and combine. Add the chickpeas and spinach to the pot and combine.
- Garnish with the chopped cilantro and peanuts and serve stew hot over cooked whole grain.
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• Groundnut stew can be served atop or alongside rice, couscous, millet, fonio, or other grains. Additionally, a side of fufu/pounded yam can be prepared to accompany this dish.
• Different vegetables can be used in this dish. Dense vegetables like root vegetables or winter squash should be given sufficient time to cook, while softer vegetables should be added midway through the simmering process to avoid over-cooking.
• If you do not have Scotch bonnet chiles, then substitute another fresh, hot chile. If fresh chiles are not available, then substitute a dry product like ground cayenne. As with most substitutions, expect the flavor to change accordingly.
• Consider varying the style and presentation by using different sweet potato varieties each time you make this stew.
Note: The addition of one whole Scotch bonnet will result in noticeable capsaicin heat. You can control the heat to some extent by using the chile whole for relatively less heat or cutting it into smaller pieces for relatively more heat. If you are new to using the Scotch bonnet (or habañero, a good substitute), consider using 1/4 or 1/2 of the chile.