Maafe – West African Groundnut Stew
This is delicious! I don’t have much experience with African Cuisine, hence the lack of African recipes on this blog until now, however, eating and then later cooking Indonesian Peanut Sauce convinced me that Peanuts or Groundnuts have a much greater role to play than just as a snack or desert and those who don’t believe that will just have to try this to have their tastes converted. The Groundnuts add a full rich flavour to the background that perfectly compliments the spicy heat of the Hot Sauce.
– Recipe –
400g Chopped or Minced Beef // 400g of Tinned Tomatoes // two onions // 5-6 medium sized Carrots // 1 Aubergine // 3-4 heaped tablespoons of Peanut Butter // 1 tablespoon of Chopped or Dried Ginger // 1 teaspoon of Thyme // a pinch of Mixed Herbs // Hot Sauce to taste
- Combine the Tomatoes, Peanut Butter, Ginger, Thyme and Mixed Herbs with a little water to form a thin paste.
- Chop the Onions roughly and the Carrots/ Aubergine into small even pieces.
- Fry the Beef until it is lightly cooked all over in a pan with a tight fitting lid (a Dutch pot or a pressure cooker set to the off position works very well).
- Add all of the ingredients to the pan and stir in, season heavily with Salt and Pepper. Bring just to the boil, turn the heat right down and then tightly fix the lid in place and simmer on as low a temperature as possible for one and a half to two hours.
- Check once or twice and add a small amount of Water if needed.
- Serve with Rice and Beans.