This Vegetarian African Peanut Stew is easy, comforting and gluten-free! A little on the spicy side but the chutney balances it out!
Often when I prepare meals for a client, I come across something I want to make again and again for myself! These are the things that come out great, have tremendous flavor and I think of as a truly remarkable "find".
This past week I was rummaging through my digital recipes looking for something different to make for one of my weekly clients and came across this recipe which I of course, altered.
I then proceeded to add the cilantro chutney, which I usually make with my curry, and viola! A true masterpiece!
The sweetness of the cilantro-coconut chutney balances out the spicy heat in the stew and makes a perfect match!
It just so happened I was at the end of my batch of fresh collards from the garden and was able to use them with both my client dish and my own in this beauty and they were delicious. The original recipe I stumbled on did not call for chickpeas but I thought it needed something in it besides sweet potatoes and collards. You know, a little more "meat" (substance). So I added a can of organic chickpeas (rinsed and drained, of course), and served it up with wild rice. I would typically serve it with brown rice but just used what was in the pantry! Topping it with fresh lime, the cilantro chutney and unsalted peanuts. Trust me, you're going to love this!
Vegetarian African Peanut Stew
Time: 10 minute prep / 35 minute cook time (give or take)
Feeds: 6 people
In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion, sprinkle with salt and cook for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic, jalapeno, ginger, cumin and cayenne then stir together and cook for about 2 minutes.
Next add the tomato paste and stir together. Add the sweet potato, peanut butter, vegetable broth and water. Stir together then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add the chopped collard greens to the pot, stir, then cover and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
Using the back of the fork, mash some of the sweet potato to help thicken the broth. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve warm with rice and garnish with cilantro, peanuts, and lime juice.
To make the coconut cilantro chutney: Place all ingredients in a small bowl & use an immersion blender until finely chopped & well combined. Or use a small food processor. Cover & set aside. Allow to mingle a bit!
In the end, I think you will find this dish extremely satisfying and delightful! A great addition to your "soups and stews" recipe collection and perhaps even your "Winter Favorites".
Enjoy! And tag me in it, when you decide to go for it!
This post was written by Susan Avello, Personal Chef at Lean Bean Chef Personal Chef Services in Dothan Alabama - offering Healthy Meal Prep, Meal Planning, Private Cooking Classes, Private Dinner Parties and Education on Healthy Eating.
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