Savory Groundnut Soup: A Taste Of West Africa

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Groundnut soup, also known as peanut butter soup or peanut soup, is a beloved dish across West Africa. This creamy, protein-packed soup is surprisingly simple to make and offers a delightful blend of savory and nutty flavors. It’s a fantastic option for a comforting weeknight meal or a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Ingredients:

Ghanaian Chicken and Peanut Stew (Groundnut Soup) Recipe
Ghanaian Chicken and Peanut Stew (Groundnut Soup) Recipe

1 cup raw peanuts (unsalted)

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (400ml) cans chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Cooked chicken, shredded (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Toast the peanuts: In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the peanuts for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
    2. Sauté the onion and garlic: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
    3. Blend the peanuts: While the onion and garlic are cooking, add the toasted peanuts to a food processor or blender. Grind the peanuts into a fine powder.
    4. Simmer the base: Add the ground peanuts, chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, tomato paste, ginger, cumin, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf to the pot with the softened onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
    5. Adjust consistency (optional): If you prefer a smoother soup, use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup directly in the pot. Alternatively, you can remove a portion of the soup and blend it in a regular blender before returning it to the pot.
    6. Serve and enjoy: Remove the bay leaf and discard. Taste and adjust seasonings with additional salt, pepper, or cayenne pepper as desired. Serve hot garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and shredded cooked chicken (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving without chicken):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on your broth)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 15g

  • Conclusion

    Groundnut soup is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with rice, couscous, or crusty bread for dipping. It’s a budget-friendly meal that’s packed with protein and healthy fats, making it a great choice for a balanced diet.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use roasted peanuts instead of raw peanuts?

    Yes, you can use roasted peanuts in a pinch, but toasting raw peanuts yourself allows for more control over the flavor and ensures they don’t burn.

    2. What can I substitute for vegetable broth?

    You can use chicken broth for a richer flavor, or a combination of water and a low-sodium vegetable bouillon cube.

    3. How can I make this soup vegan?

    Simply omit the optional shredded chicken topping and use vegetable broth to ensure it’s completely vegan-friendly.

    4. Can I store leftover groundnut soup?

    Yes, leftover groundnut soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently over low heat on the stovetop.

    5. What other vegetables can I add to this soup?