Having a West African background, peanut soup/stew (or groundnut soup as they say) was always a staple meal growing up.
My mother used to make this thick soup with all kinds of meats and seafood. However, since becoming vegan, it’s been a meal that I’ve missed dearly.So I decided to take it upon myself to make an African vegan peanut soup recipe which is just as delicious as my mums original!
Usually, my mother would boil the onion and garlic in chicken or beef stock before blending it up and adding it back in the soup pot together with the rest of the ingredients.
Taking advantage of a blender when preparing a classic African dish
I experimented with sautéing the vegetables in the soup pot first and adding the rest of the blended ingredients later. It seemed to work nicely while streamlining the cooking process.
This is a lovely authentic African meal, however, the way I’ve prepared it is quite similar to our Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Curry and our Leek and Mushroom Vegan White Sauce Fettuccine, where the blender is used to create the sauce, or in this case, the soup mix.
I had a couple of test runs to get the consistency right. I love this recipe because it’s super simple to make and you can easily make it in large quantities.
Feel free to experiment with different vegetables and soy products. You could even add cashews in towards the end if you want something crunchy in the soup.
Let your imagination run wild! I used zucchini and pumpkin because that’s what was available in our house 😉
African-style rice balls to accompany your vegan peanut soup
Another key addition to taking this recipe to another level is preparing the rice balls, which are called Omo tuo in Ghana.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but my wife Maša is disappointed if I don’t make the rice balls with the peanut soup. It’s just not the same.
Even though the balls look small, they are tightly rolled, so there’s quite a bit of rice in them. I highly recommend you prepare the balls for the full West African experience. I’ve included the instructions to the rice balls below 🙂
I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about this vegan peanut soup!