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African Peanut Ste with Okra and Eggplant
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African Peanut Stew with Eggplant and Okra

A delicious, bubbling pot of African Peanut Stew with bits of okra, eggplant and sweet potatoes floating in it. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Stew
Cuisine: African
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187kcal


  • 20 pods of okra, cut into thin rounds
  • 10 small round eggplants, cut into a small dice (preferably, go for the small eggplants used in Indian cooking, or Japanese eggplants, which are very tender. If using Japanese eggplants, use five. The large variety is fine too, at a pinch-- use half of a large one in this recipe)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 green chili peppers like serrano or jalapeno (optional -- you also add Harissa at the the end and that has plenty of heat. If you had to pick one, pick the Harissa)
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (tomato ketchup is a neat substitute-- you won't be able to tell the difference because this recipe already has some sweetness because of the peanuts)
  • ¾ cup peanut butter (I like using smooth but use chunky by all means for more texture to your stew)
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • 5 cups vegetable stock. Use water at a pinch
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ cup Harissa paste
  • Salt to taste


  • Powder the fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds and set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onions and saute over medium heat for about 7-8 minutes until they're soft.
  • Add the ginger and stir to mix, about thirty seconds, then add the powdered spices and the tomato paste.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato paste is almost dry. Add the tomato puree, paprika, peanut butter and vegetable stock.
  • Stir until everything's well combined. Add all the vegetables and peanuts and bring the stew to a boil.
  • Cover, turn the heat to low, and let the stew cook 30 minutes or until all the vegetables are really tender. Add more water or vegetable stock if the stew gets really thick.
  • Stir in the harissa, a little at a time, until you have the heat you desire. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve hot with rice or quinoa.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.7g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 13g | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.9mg