African Peanut Stew

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
15 mins
1 hr 15 mins

I first had this stew at a restaurant in Rochester, NY, and when I moved away, spent years recreating it! Delicious with a lovely hearty bread, or with rice cooked in the stew (about 3/4 cup brown rice added with the sweet potatoes and carrots).

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  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy stockpot. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, and ginger, and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Whisk in the broth and peanut butter, season with pepper and tamari to taste, and bring to a boil. Cook over moderately high heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, and chickpeas, cover partially and cook over moderately low heat until the vegetables are just tender, about 20 minutes. Add the okra and green beans, cover partially and cook until all the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes longer. Add the kale and juice of 1 lime, and cook for 10 more minutes.
  3. Transfer to deep bowls and serve hot. Garnish with the cilantro, lime wedges, and chopped peanuts at the table.