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African Groundnut Soup

Monday, 26 May 2008

Description

West African cooking quite often uses the mixture of chiles and peanuts, which are called groundnuts there. This unusual soup uses peanut butter as the peanut source and is one that you can have it on the table in under an hour. Don’t eliminate mixing the peanut butter with a little of the soup before adding to the pot, or the mixture may curdle.

Ingredients

At a glance
Cuisine
African
Ingredient
Rice/Grain
Cooking Method
Sauté
Simmer
Heat Level
5
Chile
Piquin
Meal/Course
Side Dish
Main Course
Serves
4-6
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, peanut preferred

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 6 chile piquins

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 cup cooked rice

  • Garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro

Methods/steps

 

Heat the oil in a heavy stockpot or saucepan add the carrots, onions, and ginger and saute until the carrots are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin, chile, sugar, and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes

 

Remove the soup from the heat and put it in blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the soup back into the pot and return and reheat.

In a small bowl mix the peanut butter with ½ cup of the soup until smooth. Stir this mixture into the soup and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until hot.

To serve, put some of the rice in the bottom of individual bowls, top with the soup, garnish with cilantro and serve.

 

 

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