The list of ingredients in a West African Peanut Stew often extends to okra, tomatoes, hot chiles, and other bright foils for the stew's intense richness, but it's the indispensable peanut that gives this dish its essential earthy character.
Best known as Egypt's national dish, ful medames is a hearty stew of warmed fava beans stirred with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, usually eaten for breakfast.
Fish sauce and nutty palm oil flavor this luscious stew, undoubtedly a predecessor of Louisiana–style gumbo.
Coconut milk gives these long-simmered beans a smooth, supple texture that balances the bright flavors of the garlic, onion, and chiles.
Influenced by its geographical neighbors (North Africa and Morocco), colonialism (France and Portugal), and recent immigration (from Asia and Vietnam), Senegal's cuisine is multifaceted and full of intense flavor. This menu, featuring the national dish of thiéboudienne, is a pleasing collision of flavors and textures.
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