Senegalese sweet potato, rice and beans stew

"In the early 1990's, a housemate of mine went to Goree Island in Senegal, and came back with this recipe and a husband :-) This is a hearty, tasty stew of yams, black-eyed peas, and rice. I like to serve it on New Years Day. Use more or less hot pepper depending on your preference."
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  • In one big pot or vat, saute chopped garlic and onions.
  • When translucent, add tomato paste and mix it in thoroughly.
  • Then add water (about 10 cups)- when it boils add vegetable bouillion cube, beans, carrots and yams, pepper, hot pepper and salt.
  • Boil until beans are tender.
  • Then add rice.
  • Boil 10 minutes covered, then 10 minutes uncovered.
  • Don't stir until the very end.
  • You may need to add some more water.
  • If it is too watery, boil it uncovered some more.

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  1. umUmar
    This was a very nutritious stew and the taste was somehow bland but satisfying,meaning it didnt blow us away. Made this for me and my husband so I cut down the recipe as well as adding chickpeas. Because I couldn't find black eyed peas here, I used brown kidney peas instead. Before adding the rice I added a tablespoon of vinegar to the tomato sauce and this even balanced the flavors more. Its a nice dish if you want to cook vegetarian. Next time ill serve it with fried bananas if I can find it.
  2. Linky
    This was a satisfying stew! Because it's just DH and me, I cut the recipe way down. I used canned black eyed peas. Also, I added ham left over from Easter. Made for Spring 2013 PAC
  3. Tina and Dave
    Very tasty meal, made as written. Many thanks!
  4. Umac2617
    I added some lentils and some garbonzos for protein and ate it all week. YUM.
  5. Hot Pepper
    This stew is fantastic! I cut the recipe in half (it was still ahuge batch). We've been eating it all week-as stew and in roll ups. The flavor is great-just enough heat. This will make a great dish for a pot luck. Thanks for sharing! I'll definately make this again.


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