This Vegan Jamaican Mango Stew is nourishing, cozy and delicious with cubes of sweet mango and chewy tempeh.
This stew usually includes meat of some kind, and I chose to substitute with tempeh, which is packed with protein and delicious. The tempeh gets even more flavorful when it's dredged in some curry powder and other spices, and toasted before it goes into the creamy stew.
I took a Jamaican stew recipe I found online and then riffed off from there, adding flavors and ingredients that I thought would do well with the spices and mango and tempeh. The coconut is amazing: it makes the curry velvety and creamy, all the better to showcase the textures and flavors of the chewy tempeh, silken mango, slightly crunchy bell pepper, and fiery onion.
The recipe makes a rather large pot-- you can easily serve eight people with this amount. I use it to top some rice or quinoa-- brown rice would be perfect, if you swing that way.
We have storms and chilly winds and snow in our forecast, and I cannot imagine a better way to ride these out than sitting on my couch, snuggled up in a blanky, with a bowl of this delicious stew warming my hands and about to warm my belly.
Vegan Jamaican Mango Stew
- 2 ripe mangoes (pitted and diced)
- 1 medium red onion, (finely diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium green bell pepper (seeded and diced)
- ¼ scotch bonnet pepper (deseeded and minced. This is an incredibly hot pepper, so if you don't want to use it, use a seeded jalapeno instead. It does add great flavor, though.)
- 8 oz tempeh (cut into ½ inch cubes)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon thyme (chopped roughly. If using dried thyme use 1 tsp)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoon cilantro (finely chopped, optional)
- Salt to taste
- 2 medium potatoes (boiled and diced)
- 14 oz full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup mango puree
- In a bowl, toss the tempeh cubes with curry powder, black pepper, paprika, tamari and salt.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large saucepan or skillet. Add the tempeh cubes in a single layer and cook 2 minutes or until browned lightly on all sides.
- Remove the tempeh and reserve.
- In the same pot, add the remaining oil and saute the onions and garlic until they begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the green pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, turmeric and thyme, and stir well to mix.
- Add the cooked potatoes and half the coconut milk. Stir well to mix and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, cover, and let the stew cook for five minutes so the flavors merge.
- Add the tempeh, mangoes, mango puree and the remaining coconut milk and heat until warmed through, but turn off the heat before the stew comes to a boil. Check salt and add more if needed.
- Garnish with cilantro, if using, and serve hot.