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Groundnut stew with spinach and cannellini beans

Rainbow food series – Green


Spice mix

1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp turmeric
10 cardamom pods…. yes!


3 tbsp olive oil or ghee
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 inch ginger
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp palm sugar
1 can cannellini beans, drained
400g baby spinach
A handful of roasted peanuts


1. Temper the spices for a few seconds till fragrant then add the onions, garlic, ginger and fry till translucent.
2. Add the peanut butter and fry till melted and mixed in the pan. Add the tomatoes and sugar and cook till tomatoes have broken down and reduced.
3. Add the cannellini beans and spinach and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Toss in a handful of peanuts, simmer for a couple more minutes, then serve.


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  • Reply
    Israel T. Mabhoo
    February 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thanking you for these wonderful dishes.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      You are most welcome!

  • Reply
    Chris Loe
    February 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I love your recipes. But I guess you have not been in Ghana lately. These ingredients… Cannelli beans, cardamom pots, caraway seeds, “baby” spinach… Good luck finding them unless you are in Accra and even then… Ever tried to buy “baby” spinach at Shoprite? I am a very good cook. But the limitations I encounter here are atrocious. I very much like the country. But I need a lot more loving to find ever lasting love for the food.

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