This peanut and sweet potato stew is spicy, filling and delicious. Add all your favourite toppings and serve with a healthy portion of rice or other grain.
I’m writing about this stew during the random Indian summer which seems to come around every September. Just after you’ve given up hope on there being another warm day before next May there’s suddenly a few days when temperatures return to the high 20s, it’s all very confusing. It also means that it’s extra difficult to write about a delicious warming stew which felt perfectly at home in last week’s beginning of autumn crisping of the air but feels completely unbearable while I’m sweltering at 9.30 at night.
We had this last week and Will made naans in honour of bread week on Great British Bake Off (oh my god, the GBBO news is just terrible isn’t it? Mel and Sue are my favourites 😢). He thought the naans turned out too flat but I actually quite liked them like that, they were kind of crispy and had a texture which worked perfectly with the stew. He got the recipe here if you want to give them a go, let me know how they turn out for you!
Honestly though this is one of the best meals we’ve made in a while and you should absolutely make it once we get into proper autumn. It will happen soon and I’ll be miserable remembering this moment when I had the window open and could enjoy the fresh warm air.
Peanuts in savoury dishes like this are one of my absolute favourite things. They give such a rich and decadent flavour. Conversely I actually really really don’t like nuts in sweet things, the whole nuts and chocolate/cake etc etc is just the worst. Also peanut butter and chocolate? Just no.
Peanut and Sweet Potato Stew
- 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 small red onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 scotch bonnet chilli seeded and finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Ginger grated
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 400 g tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 ounces small can Tomato Puree 6
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter we used crunchy
- 475 ml Vegetable Stock
- 2 grams Sweet Potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2″ chunks weighing about 7-800
- 1 400 g tin Chickpeas
- 65 g Salted Peanuts chopped
- A couple of handfuls of Baby Spinach
- To serve - Cherry Tomatoes grain of your choice, more chopped peanuts, fresh coriander, halved
Add the oil to a large saucepan over a medium heat. Wait until it's hot and then add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and mix everything together.
Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, vegetable stock and peanut butter. Give everything a good mix then add in the sweet potato, chickpeas and peanuts. Bring to a light boil and cover the pan. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Once it's cooked stir in the spinach and allow to wilt. Serve with a grain of your choice and topped with halved cherry tomatoes, peanuts and fresh coriander.
Recipe adapted from Oh Lady Cakes
WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS peanut and sweet potato stew?
If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!
You can use up the peanut butter in this courgette and carrot stir fry with peanut sauce.
Add the chickpeas to this duck tagine for an indulgent weekend dinner.