Groundnut (Peanut) Stew

Groundnut (Peanut) Stew

Last week, my wife and I received a newsletter for each of our children that we sponsor through Compassion International. One of the items included in each newsletter was a recipe for a native dish that is typically eaten by the child. Feeling inspired by the recipes, and seeing the opportunity to add the new recipes to my 50 in 15 Challenge, I decided to try my hand at each one.

First up was this recipe for Groundnut (Peanut) Stew, which is a recipe from Northern Uganda where our sponsor child Stuart lives. I looked at a few other recipes for Peanut Soup, and saw that there is a variety of ingredients that can be used, but I chose to stick with the recipe and ingredients from the Compassion newsletter. The end result was surprisingly tasty — sort of like a peanut-flavored vegetable curry. And it just so happens that it’s both vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.


  • 3 tbsp. peanut oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 c. water
  • 4-6 oz. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or pot. Add the onions and celery and sauté for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the bell and jalapeño peppers and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the curry powder, salt, and pepper, then add the water and tomatoes, stirring well to mix in the spices. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the peanut butter and lime juice until smooth, then stir in to the stew to combine.
  4. Optional: Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.


As mentioned above, there are a variety of different ingredients that can be used in Peanut Soup/Stew, so if any of the ingredients used here don’t strike your fancy, don’t be afraid to swap them out with something else that’s more to your liking. And if you want a little extra kick, try using more curry powder, or even adding in more jalapeño chilis and/or spices.

Bon Appétit!


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