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West African Vegetable & Peanut Stew

over Couscous

West African Vegetable & Peanut Stew over Couscous

This hearty West African dish, also known as groundnut stew, domoda, or maafe is always made with plenty of vegetables. The characteristic flavor and richness come from creamy peanut butter, a common ingredient in that region. It’s typically eaten from a large communal bowl by using your hands and is served over couscous or rice.

West African Vegetable & Peanut Stew over Couscous ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Couscous
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Small Piece Ginger
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Scallion
  • 1 Small Eggplant
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 14.5-Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • Cup Peanut Butter
Make the couscous:
1 Make the couscous:
In a small pot, heat 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt to boiling on high. Add the couscous to the boiling water. Cover and let stand. Once the water is absorbed, fluff the couscous with a fork.
Prepare your ingredients:
2 Prepare your ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Peel and mince the ginger. Peel and large dice the onion. Slice the scallion. Large dice the eggplant. Peel and medium dice the sweet potato. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then crosswise into half moons.
Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:
In a large pot, heat some olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onion and sweet potato. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion softens. Stir in the ginger, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the zucchini and eggplant, season with salt and pepper, and cook about 3 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
Make the stew:
4 Make the stew:
Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, and peanut butter. Stir until combined. Simmer 10 to 11 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:
Divide the couscous and vegetable stew between 2 plates. Garnish with the scallion. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Make the couscous:
1 Make the couscous:
In a small pot, heat 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt to boiling on high. Add the couscous to the boiling water. Cover and let stand. Once the water is absorbed, fluff the couscous with a fork.
2 Prepare your ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Peel and mince the ginger. Peel and large dice the onion. Slice the scallion. Large dice the eggplant. Peel and medium dice the sweet potato. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then crosswise into half moons.
Prepare your ingredients:
Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:
In a large pot, heat some olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onion and sweet potato. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion softens. Stir in the ginger, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the zucchini and eggplant, season with salt and pepper, and cook about 3 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
4 Make the stew:
Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, and peanut butter. Stir until combined. Simmer 10 to 11 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Make the stew:
Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:
Divide the couscous and vegetable stew between 2 plates. Garnish with the scallion. Enjoy!