Monday, October 15, 2018

African Peanut Stew

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger powder (or 1 inch fresh ginger)
1 medium sweet potato
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
6 cups vegetable broth
1 bunch chopped collard greens
1/4 bunch cilantro garnish (optional)

In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Dice the onion and add it to the pot. Once the onion starts to become translucent, add the garlic and ginger. Saute for a few minutes.

Dice the sweet potato (small dice-sized cubes), add it to the pot. Continue to cook until the sweet potato takes on a darker, slightly translucent appearance.

Add the cumin and red pepper flakes. Stir. Add the tomato paste and peanut butter, and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Add the vegetable broth and stir to dissolve the thick tomato paste-peanut butter mixture. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat up to high.

While the soup is coming up to a boil, prepare the collard greens. Rinse the greens well, then use a sharp knife to remove each stem (cut along the side of each stem). Stack the leaves, then cut them into thin strips. Add the collard strips to the pot.

Once the soup reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and allow it to simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes-- until the sweet potatoes are tender enough to poke a fork into. Once soft, smash about half of the sweet potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the soup. Taste the soup and add salt if needed.

Serve the stew hot, topped with any of the following, if desired: peanuts, cilantro leaves, or sriracha.

Adapted from