Vegan Groundnut soup + Ghana

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Last year around this time I went to Ghana for four months to work on my master’s thesis and to travel around. If this isn’t a good reason to share one recipe I got inspired with while staying there! Ghana was an extraordinary country with such a warm and lovely culture that I would recommend everyone to go who wants to broaden their mind. Of course it is very, very distinctive from our Western Culture, but if you are a little bit adventurous, I am sure you would enjoy it. However, Ghana is not the most vegetarian friendly country in the world, and the dishes which are originally vegetarian are very limited. Depending where I was staying, I mainly lived from rice, beans, tomatoes, avocados and fried yam. For all people who have ever been to Ghana there are some dishes you will probably have tried: Fufu, waakye, jollof rice… and of course the groundnut soup. Normally, the groundnut soup is with chicken, but luckily, I was partly staying in a wonderful hostal in Accra, where they would sometimes cook traditional Ghanaian food… BUT the vegetarian version. Since I always find a way to sneak into a kitchen in order to learn about other people’s way of cooking I was also this time allowed to join the cooking procedure. I had to adapt the recipe a bit, since it consisted a lot of palm oil.

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For 4 people:

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 can of peeled tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small ginger tuber
  • 2 small chillies
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock

Topping:

  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 handful of peanuts
  • Tofu

Serve with:

  • Basmati rice

 

Actually, preparing this dish is very easy and above all, also (depending on which kind of peanutbutter you use) budget-friendly. Start by blendig ginger, garlic, onion and chillies with a bit of water. Then cook it with the canned tomatoes, peanutbutter and vegetable stock for 20 minutes. While the soup is simmering, drain the Tofu and fry it in the pan. After the soup is ready you can directly serve it. Just top it with Tofu, peanuts and parsley and serve with Basmati rice.

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By the way…. I would recommend everyone to visit Western Africa! It is always great to explore new cultures and especially Ghana is one place of a kind.

This is how a traditional kitchen in the villages of the Northern Region of Ghana looks like:

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Getting water is still hard work:

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Mole National Park:

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