Senegal Maafe stew

Senegal Maafe Stew

Based upon a traditional stew of West Africa, this dish offers a wealth of flavors, blending colorful vegetables with curry spices and peanut butter. You control the spiciness. Don’t worry about the long list of ingredients. It doesn’t take long to make; just let it simmer for about an hour. The smells in your kitchen will be wonderful!

2 Tbs. peanut oil
1 cup onion, chopped fine
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 tsp. curry powder, hot or mild
½ tsp. ground thyme
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
15-ounce can vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 medium rutabagas, scrubbed and chopped
2 to 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cups fresh spinach
1 15-ounce can chickpeas
1 tsp. salt, or to taste

In a large cookpot, heat oil and add onion, cabbage, and garlic. Cook until cabbage is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and peanut butter. Add tomatoes, broth, and water. Add sweet potato, rutabaga, carrots, and spinach; stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chickpeas and salt during the last 10 minutes.

Serve over rice.

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