African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

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African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
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2 teaspoons safflower oil

1 cup onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ¼ teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground cloves

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped

3 cups water

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons and 2 teaspoons chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

Pour water into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Makes 4 servings

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