African Stew

The recipe is adapted from Mark Hayman’s cookbook What The Hell Shall I cook? It’s slightly spicy, sweet, acidic and nutty. It makes an excellent main course. Do not skip the peanut butter, it gives the stew its nutty flavor and creaminess, which makes it rich and ten times more delicious.

African Stew

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Keyword: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Shelly


  • Olive oil
  • 1 large oniondiced
  • 2 in gingerminced
  • 3 celery stalksdiced – optional
  • 3 scallionschopped – optional
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons curry pasteI used Thai red curry paste
  • 4 small sweet potatoes*peeled and sliced or diced
  • 1 can28oz./ 800 gram diced tomatoes or 3 large ripe tomatoes
  • cups water or vegetable stock
  • Salt
  • 7-10 leaves kalespinach, Swiss chard or collard green, chopped (remove the spine of the kale)
  • 2 cups mushroomswhole or sliced (if large, slice them)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoon fish sauce – optional
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Handful cilantrochopped


  • Warm about 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-large pot. Add the onion and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the celery, scallions, sweet potatoes and curry paste, and stir. sauté for 3 minutes then add the tomatoes, water or stock and salt and bring into a boil. Lower the heat to simmer, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the kale , mushrooms, fish sauce and peanut butter and stir gently. Cook for 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat, taste and correct seasoning and sprinkle the cilantro over. Serve as is or with basmati rice.


* if you don’t have sweet potatoes you can use carrots instead.

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