As anyone who’s ever been to an Ethopian restaurant will attest to, traditional African food can be some of the most delicious you’ve ever had. Always hearty and mostly surprising, African dishes are the kinds that keep you coming back for more, even if you’re not quite sure what you’ve eaten.
The idea for this wonderfully decadent dish, originally from Mali, came from my food Bible, The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. This is an absolutely essential book for everyone who loves cooking, and though its definitely not a recipe book, it will discuss flavour combinations and the best way to use them, and will leave the decisions up to you.
We’ve been eating a lot of peanut butter in my house at the moment as we’re all training hard and working out lots, so the protein is very welcome. I love a nut-based stew probably a lot more than the next guy, so I was excited to make this. Incidentally, one of my favourite curry recipes is also West African, so I think there’s just something about the use of sauces and root vegetables that really does it for me!
This is an easy dish to make, and one that’s packed full of good things, but one that also will fill up any hungry stomachs in your house and leave them feeling more than satisfied!
(Feeds a hungry 4)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 aji chombo, finely chopped
2/3 cup PB
1 tin tomatoes
1/3 cup tomato puree
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups sweet potato
3 cups cauliflower
2 green bell peppers
Fry the onion, garlic and chili in a little oil until the onion becomes translucent
Add in the tomatoes, bay leaves and tomato puree
In a separate bowl, stir the peanut butter into the warm water, then add the combination to the bowl
Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes
Add in the sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes
Add in the cauliflower and cook for another 10 minutes
Add the bell peppers in and cook until they’re tender
Season with salt and pepper, stir thoroughly, then serve over millet or quinoa
The creamy texture of this stew will absolutely astound you–and, if you can believe it, it tastes even better the next day! I could even eat this cold and still love it.
Why not give it a try today?