Friday, May 2, 2014

African Peanut Stew




I first had this stew in a small vegetarian restaurant in Guelph, Ontario and it was love at first bite. This hardy dish combines the amazing flavour of peanut with pumpkin, potato, beans and ginger into a serious comfort food.   Although there are a lot of ingredients, this is an easy dish to create and can be cooked in under 20 minutes.  
For 6 servings
  • 2 cups of pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 inch knob ginger, chopped
  • 1 inch turmeric root, chopped
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 can coconut milk 
  • 1  cup miso stock, or vegetable / mushroom stock 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup sultana raisons 
  • cilantro as garnish 

Method:
  1. Boil the potato and pumpkin until soft.  Drain and set aside.  
  2. Lightly sauté ginger, garlic, scallion, turmeric, and cumin in oil for 2 minutes, just enough time to let the flavours blend.  
  3. Add potato, pumpkin, green beans, miso, coconut milk, cinnamon and peanut butter.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to make sure the peanut butter dissolves.   
  4. Serve with rice or couscous with peanut, sultanas and cilantro as garnish.  



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