This week on our Afro Cuisine recipe is Maafe. It is another #TastyThursday and we want you to savor a taste of Africa. You can search for the ingredients in African stores around you; or better still take a trip to Africa and give your tastebuds a treat.
Maafe popularly known as groundnut soup, to most West Africans, is an all time- time favorite African soup, a dish that is beginning to earn it’s way in the upper echelons of the soup universe. Maafe is a spicy peanut stew made with beef, sweet potatoes and carrots; and it’s good enough for a one pot meal and is delicious with served with rice.
This stew is rich with flavor and very tempting with tempting combination of flavors; garlic, ginger, herbs and of course a little bit of spice.
Ingredients For Maafe
- ¼ cup oil or more
- 1-2 pounds beef or chicken
- 1 teaspoons smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoons white pepper
- 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped divided
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 2-3 tablespoons parsley
- ½ cup ground peanuts or Peanut butter paste
- 3-4 cups broth chicken or beef
- 1 or more pound vegetable potatoes, carrots
- 1 whole scotch bonnet or habanera pepper or ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
Directions For Cooking
In a large saucepan, season meat with salt, and onions and boil until tender, depending on the choice of meat. You should have at least 3-4 cups of stock. Remove the meat and reserve stock (broth)
In a large pot, heat oil over low heat, then add the beef/chicken and sauté stirring, frequently, any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Remove and set aside
Blend tomatoes, and 1/2 onion, garlic, and parsley. Add half of the onions to the pan , sauce for about a minute and pour the mixture in the saucepan; add paprika, white pepper and sauté for about 7-10minutes. Stirring frequently to prevent burns, add stock as needed.
Then add potatoes, Carrots, peanut butter paste, scotch bonnet pepper and about 3 cups broth. Continue cooking until potatoes tender- about 10 or more depending on vegetables. Throw in the browned beef, Adjust the soup thickness with water if necessary.
If not, return your soup to the heat and let simmer to desired thickness
Drip a little soup from your stirring spoon. If you are satisfied with the thickness of your soup, serve it.
Recipe from Immaculatebites