O.k. my lovelies, your heart will go nuts for this rich, creamy and spicy peanut soup – literally! This is the easiest and yummiest groundnut soup you would ever cook. Can you believe I made it without a single drop of oil? Yes, you read right. Peanuts are loaded with oh-so-good-for-you fats. The monounsaturated fats that have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Peanuts also pack a serious nutritional. They are rich in vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein, and manganese. They even rival apples. carrots and beets in antioxidants. One of the reasons why you use add peanuts to your diet.
I am a big fan of peanuts. Whether boiled roasted or cooked into a spicy and delicious soup like the recipe I am going to share. This peanut soup aka. Maafe in some parts of West Africa, is so easy to make, it is just ridiculous. All you have to do is blend all ingredient, add peanuts and bring to a boil. Let everything cook on low heat until peanuts release its oils, then add meat or fish at the end and enjoy with boiled rice, plantain or yam. It’s that easy.
I added my favorite spices and completely left out oil because like I mentioned above, there is enough oil in peanuts already so we do not need oil for this dish. Let me share 3 secrets to help your peanuts release its oils when cooking.
SUPA secret #1: Roast peanuts till really crispy to make sure all the water dries up. This will stimulate the oil.
SUPA secret #2: Blend to a very smooth paste until your peanut butter is so shiny that you see the oils already.
SUPA secret #3: Cook blended peanuts under low heat with some water until oils are released and float on the top. Best achieved in a slow cooker.
These are the secrets used to make peanut (groundnut) oil locally and I am going to share a video on how to make peanut oil in the weeks ahead on my YouTube channel.
If you give this recipe a try, be sure to Instagram, Facebook or Twit me a photo because as always I love seeing your creations. Keep in mind, I’ve got more SUPA recipes on my YouTube channel. You can try my EPIC plantain muffin cups or make this extremely delicious garri-granola aka garrinola this weekend too. Here is a weight loss meal plan you can follow if you are trying to lose some weight. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button if you haven’t done so already so you never miss a video recipe.
- 250 peanut, roasted and finely blended
- 500g fresh or smoked Turkey
- 1 large onion
- 200g fresh finely chopped tomatoes
- A thumb-size of ginger, peeled
- 8 - 10 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. white pepper
- 1 tsp. red bell pepper powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. ground African negro pepper (optional)
- 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. ground calabash nutmeg (aka. Ehuru)
- Salt, pepper and chicken bouillon powder to taste
- 1/2 leeks, finely chopped
- Start by seasoning your meat with half of the red bell pepper powder, white pepper, calabash nutmeg, African negro pepper, salt, pepper and bouillon powder and let it marinate preferably overnight or if you do not have enough time, cook immediately with some water until 80% cooked, then set aside.
- Now blend ginger, garlic, onions and mix it with your blended peanuts. Add about 4 cups of water and the rest of the ingredients and let it cook under low to medium heat until peanuts start releasing its oils. You would notice small oil bubbles at first and then as you continue cooking, more oil will be released.
- Add your meat and allow to cook, tasting for salt and seasoning. You can add more water if you want your soup on the liquid side. Lighter soup is best if you are eating it with boiled rice. Allow your soup to thicken if you are eating it with plantain or yams.
- Then end result should be a thick, creamy and spicy soup that the whole family will enjoy.
- 1. You can also use fish for this recipe. Just spice as explaned above and deep-fry or oven-grill.
- 2. Make this meal vegetarian by using fresh mushrooms in place of meat. Stir. fry your spiced mushrooms seperately with some olive oil until dry, then add it to your soup last. Yum!
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