African Peanut Stew
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
What is African Peanut Stew?
African peanut stew, also known as maafe or maffé, is a West African dish that is popular in many countries in the region, including Senegal, Mali, and Guinea. It is made with a base of peanut butter or ground peanuts, which gives it a rich, nutty flavor and creamy texture. The stew is often made with meat, such as chicken or lamb, and vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, and sweet potatoes. It is seasoned with a variety of spices, including cumin, coriander, and paprika, and is typically served over rice or with a side of bread.
The origins of African peanut stew are not well documented, but it is believed to have been influenced by a variety of cultural and culinary traditions. Peanut butter and peanuts have been grown and consumed in Africa for centuries, and the use of peanuts in savory dishes is common in many West African cuisines. The stew is also influenced by the culinary traditions of the many different cultures that have interacted with West Africa over the centuries, including Arabic, European, and American cultures.
My African Peanut Stew Recipe Notes
This African Sweet Potato Peanut Stew is an impressive dish made with humble ingredients. It's creamy, bright & slightly spicy. Sweet potatoes, chickpeas and tomatoes make up the bulk of the stew which is then flavoured with natural peanut butter, lime juice, cumin, coriander and chili. I like to serve this with brown rice, fresh cilantro & chopped toasted peanuts. Serve extra lime wedges on the side if you want to add a bit more brightness. I really really love this stew, I first made a version of it probably 8 years ago now. It's a tasty bowl of comfort you can make any time of the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!! Much love.
A note on Peanut Butter!
I really do like Kraft Peanut Butter. I only ever buy natural with no salt or sugar added. I will buy other brands if I can find a better price, but always natural no salt no sugar! Natural Peanut Butter does separate, but for me that isn't a downside. I find when I taste spreadable peanut butter after loving the natural stuff for so long, there is no comparison in taste. If I want to add salt or sweet, like say, on my peanut butter toast in the morning, I just sprinkle some sea salt and add a drizzle of maple syrup. I would rather control the salt and sugar that I add to my food myself.
African Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew Recipe
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