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Groundnut Stew

Groundnut stew will keep you warm and cozy on cold, snowy winter days.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine African
Servings 4 servings
Calories 523 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil divided
  • 1 cup red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large sweet potato diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium eggplant diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups okra chopped
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 ounces baby spinach chopped, or baby kale (about 4 cups)
  • ¼ cup peanuts chopped


  • In a large pot over medium high heat, sauté the onions in 1 teaspoon of peanut oil until fragrant and translucent. Add the garlic, eggplant, tomato, and sweet potatoes and cook, stirring frequently for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the stock, coconut milk, ginger, red pepper flakes and basil to the pot. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot and let simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes
  • While the stew is simmering, cook the okra on high in a large skillet in the remaining teaspoon of oil. Stir frequently and cook until the okra-slime dissipates. (This could take between 10 and 15 minutes.)
  • Add the okra, kidney beans, peanut butter and salt to the stew. Stir to dissolve the peanut butter, and cook uncovered for another 10 – 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender and the eggplant is soft. Stir in the spinach.
  • Top with chopped peanuts.


Calories: 523kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 17gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 1293mgPotassium: 1372mgFiber: 12gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 16056IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 5mg