Spicy African Peanut Soup With Chickpeas

"After searching on zaar for a similar soup with no success, I found this gem on the cook's recipes website. I can't wait to make a batch for the cold autumn nights we've been having! The type of broth you use is up to you, but I'll be using veggie broth to make this soup vegetarian. You can use creamy peanut butter for a smooth texture or crunchy for a bit of extra bite. Enjoy!"
 
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Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
13
Serves:
10
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ingredients

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directions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan; saute onion until translucent. Add sweet potato and garlic;cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, rice, thyme and cumin; stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender (18 to 20 minutes).
  • Add salsa, garbanzos and zucchini; cook until zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes. Add peanut butter; stir.
  • Heat thoroughly, ladle into bowls and top with peanuts.
  • Serve immediately.

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Reviews

  1. liquidfire
    It's an odd combination, but it's surprisingly good! Instead of salsa, I used roma tomatoes, cilantro, and lime. I love the cilantro in it. I used a 15-bean combination instead of chickpeas. I also added red pepper flakes.
     
  2. Glenn H.
    Great tasting soup. Not that spicy though
     
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  3. Leggy Peggy
    Wow, what a fantastic recipe and so very close to a typical African dish. We loved, loved, loved this. I made some minimal changes. Added an extra teaspoon of cumin because it is a flavour I really love, and used only 15 ounces of salsa, which was all I had on hand. Salsa isn't really an African ingredient, but its core ingredients are, so it would be fine to make up a salsa of tomato, onion, chillies, salt and coriander. I had worried that the end result might be too thin, but it was perfect -- almost stew-like. I will make this often. A perfect dish for a cool day. Thanks so very much for posting.
     
  4. jasmine1150
    Today i make this soup for the 2nd time. i modify a bit the recipe, since i don't have peanut butter & peanuts at home. I just use buther and it comes out fantastic. I like to add cayenne as well. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing
     
  5. DinoFood
    Amazing! This soup has a unique flavor. I added some chicken chunks, and it was fantastic. It sounds strange, but it is worth trying!!! Next time I will add fresh tomato, peppers and onions instead of canned salsa. If you use salsa, get good stuff!
     
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  1. liquidfire
    It's an odd combination, but it's surprisingly good! Instead of salsa, I used roma tomatoes, cilantro, and lime. I love the cilantro in it. I used a 15-bean combination instead of chickpeas. I also added red pepper flakes.
     
  2. DinoFood
    Amazing! This soup has a unique flavor. I added some chicken chunks, and it was fantastic. It sounds strange, but it is worth trying!!! Next time I will add fresh tomato, peppers and onions instead of canned salsa. If you use salsa, get good stuff!
     

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