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African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew is hearty and earthy. A perfect comfort food with complex flavors and texture.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: African
Servings: 8
Author: Good Dinner Mom


  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or safflower oil
  • 2 yellow onions, rough diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped, add seeds to increase heat
  • 2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes, jarred or canned chopped tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/3 cup smooth or chunky all-natural unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 sweet potatoes cut into 1-inch dice
  • 4 cups shredded green or red Swiss chard could substitute kale
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup unsalted raw peanuts, for garnish


  • Cook rice according to package directions; cover and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-qt saucepan or stockpot, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeños, curry powder and ginger and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes and peanut butter. Add potatoes and chard and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes and chard are tender, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Divide rice among serving bowls. Top with stew and cilantro.