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West African Peanut Stew


west african beauty

West African Peanut Stew

This rich, beautiful stew is also called “groundnut stew” or maafe, which originated in Mali and is enjoyed throughout West Africa. The turmeric amps up the vibrant yellow color, but if you don’t have it, you can just add more curry powder. Serve the stew with rice. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Soup pot or Dutch oven, with lid
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Can opener
  • Peeler (adult needed)
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Wooden spoon


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chopped or diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 1⁄2 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or chunky)*
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and diced into 3⁄4-inch squares (about 5 cups)
  • 4 cups shredded kale, collard greens, or Swiss chard
  • hot sauce (if you like it spicy)


  • Put the pot on the stove and set the heat to medium. When it is hot, carefully add the oil. Add the onion and salt and sauté, until the onion looks clear, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, curry powder, turmeric, and ginger and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and peanut butter.
  • Add sweet potatoes and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer the stew for 15 minutes.
  • Add the greens and cook the stew uncovered until the potatoes are tender, another 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and taste the stew. Does it need a pinch of salt? If so, add it and taste again.
  • Serve right away with the hot sauce, or transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. 
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