Yam & Peanut Stew

If you cook, you’ll probably recognise this sequence of events:
  1.  You find a recipe online. Let’s say it’s a recipe for a yam & peanut stew
  2.  You think “ooh that sounds interesting, I’ll make it someday”
  3.  One night soon after: 6pm arrives, there’s nothing prepared for dinner so you end up making a hearty winter stew on a warm summer’s evening.

And that’s the story of why we’re eating a yam and peanut stew in the middle of May.

Yam & Peanut Stew

Yam & Peanut Stew

Actually, it’s a tasty one-pot meal. The main flavours that come through are the sweetness of the yams and tomatoes, and a little background heat from the cayenne pepper. You can add a handful of salted peanuts on the top as well, for a crunchy texture.

You could serve this stew with rice or couscous to make into a very filling meal.

It freezes well too. If you’ve got any leftovers, just divide it into portions and freeze them for another day. Now you’ve got home-made ready meals!

Ingredients (serves 2-3)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 85g tomato puree
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or bouillion
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 small-to-medium yams or sweet potatoes, chopped into smallish chunks or cubes
  • 100g cabbage, shredded or chopped
  • To serve: 2-3 tablespoons (a large handful) of salted peanuts; parsley leaves
  1. In a large pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add the tin of tomatoes, the tomato puree, peanut butter, vegetable stock, cayenne pepper and herbs. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chopped yams/sweet potatoes, the can of chickpeas and one can of water. Bring to a simmer, and add the cabbage. Cover and let simmer for 25-30 minutes until the yams are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the yams are soft, turn off the heat and let the stew sit for 10-15 minutes.
  5. To serve, ladle into a bowl, sprinkle with peanuts and garnish with some parsley leaves.


Peanut stew 2016-05-14 20.48.50


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