A former roommate of mine gave me the basic recipe for this spicy aromatic stew. It's great comfort food in cold weather, and fantastic fiery food for hot weather--it all depends on what you serve with it! I love it over steamed couscous or pieces of spongy bread, myself. Don't be put off by the long ingredient list...you are in for 10-15 minutes of chopping and that's it! Assemble this in your crock the night before and you'll have dinner done before you know it the next day!
- 1⁄2 cup small dried red beans (or 1 can small red beans)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large red bell peppers, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 lbs yams, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups vegetable stock or 3 cups water
- 2 large tomatoes, diced or 1 (14 ounce) candiced low-sodium tomatoes
- 1 -3 jalapeno pepper, minced (adjust this to your preference)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1⁄4 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- The night before you plan to make this stew, soak beans in water to cover. (Skip this step if using canned beans).
- To assemble the stew in your crock pot, combine onion, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, yams, stock, tomatoes, jalapenos, salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. Stir till well combined. Add the beans after they've soaked overnight. Give it a good stir before you set it cooking.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, till the yams and beans are tender.
- Before serving, ladle a little of the juices into a bowl; mix in peanut butter and stir till well combined. Return peanut butter mixture to crock and stir till well combined.
- Top each serving with 1/2 T. dry roasted peanuts and a squeeze of lime juice.
Outstanding! I already knew about the joys of the African combination of tomatoes, groundnuts, and chilis from a chicken stew from Niger that I make (see my recipes), but this might be even better, especially with the toppings of fresh lime juice and roasted peanuts! I did add a tad more peanut butter (more like a heaping 1/4 cup) and a little more salt, but otherwise it was perfect! Will be making this again, especially now that winter has truly arrived.
This recipe is great. It had a smoky barbeque flavor. I really enjoyed how creamy this dish was. I mixed almond butter with the peanut butter and the dish was heavenly. I also cooked this dish on the stove and it took about 3 hours.
Delicious!! I had to make it without the peppers since I didn't have those on hand, but it was still delicious! I think next time I just might try adding some currey powder.....but it was delicious as is! Served over brown rice. Definitely will be making again! Thanks for this delicious recipe!! Did I mention how delicious this was??? :-)