West African Peanut Stew

Classic West African Peanut Stew
Okra, tomatoes, hot chiles, and plum tomatoes lighten the stew's intense richness, but it's the indispensable peanut that gives this dish its essential earthy character.Alice Kim

Peanut stews are found across West Africa, with ancient roots in dishes made with native groundnuts before the peanut arrived from the New World in the 16th century. Some are thick and served over rice or millet couscous, others thin and soupy, depending on where in Africa you are. The list of ingredients 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. —Jessica B. Harris, author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (Bloomsbury, 2011)