Tanzanian Curried Spinach With Peanut Butter

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

The original recipe came from the Africhef recipe website, however I make it just a little bit different. This can be served as a side dish, or over rice as a main dish!


  1. Wash the spinach leaves, stack and roll leaves together, then coarsely chop.
  2. Place the tomato carefully into a small pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, peel skin off. Slice tomato in half and scoop out runny inside, discard this part, then coarsely chop the fleshy part.
  3. In small bowl, whisk the peanut butter and coconut milk til smooth.
  4. Heat the butter over medium low heat in large frying pan.
  5. Add the onion, tomato, salt and curry powder and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Stir only occasionally so that you don't break up the tomato too much.
  6. Add the spinach, and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, until the spinach is softened, but not overly cooked.
  7. Stir in the peanut butter/coconut milk mixture.
  8. Simmer, over medium-low heat, for about another 5-8 minutes, stirring constantly, to make sure that the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  9. Season lightly with a little coarse ground pepper to taste.
  10. Serve as is as a side dish, or over hot cooked rice for a main dish.
Most Helpful

Yum! This was so quick and easy. It made a perfect side dish for curried fish with saffron rice. Quite the multicultural meal, I know. :) The only thing I changed was adding a green bell pepper at the same time as the onion for a little more veggie punch. I knew that the spinach was going to cook down to nothing so I'm glad there was some more substance in there. This is a keeper!

JDeMarois September 13, 2011

A half batch of this was perfect for our vegetarian exchange student. Used Madras Curry Powder, baby spinach and half a tin of chopped tomatoes. Have made a similar recipe that calls for a bit more peanut butter, and think the extra dollop is worth it. Made and enjoyed for Zaar World Tour. Thanks!

Leggy Peggy June 26, 2008

This is *so* good. The mix of flavors is really just perfect. I didn't peel the tomato because I'm kind of lazy. lol. But I did seed it. I really enjoyed this! Thanks, Kelly! Reveiwed for ZWT4.

mliss29 June 19, 2008