Vegan Mofo: African Peanut Stew

After having Mi Lah's African peanut stew, I fell in love with the flavor combos and knew I had to try to make a version of my own. Instead of serving it over rice like how it was served at the restaurant, I used creamy and nutty flavored millet grits. The stew was a perfectly warm and comforting dish for a cool fall night!

My favorite way of preparing sweet potatoes is to simply wrap them in tin foil, throw them in a 425 oven for about 45 minutes to an hour. Once they cool, they easily peel out their skin and are ready to cut. Easy!

African Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Kale and Chickpeas Recipe (vegan)
serves 4-6

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (baked in skin or steamed, cut into 1-2 inch chunks)
  • 3 cups cooked millet grits
  • 3 cups finely chopped and steamed kale
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 TB ginger
  • 1 TB coriander
  • 1/4 tsp jamaican all spice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups chopped roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4-6 cups veggie stock (or cheater stock, 4 C water, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp celery seed powder, 2 vegan bouillon cubes) (The more water you use, the thinner the stew will be. Adjust according to your tastes.)
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • peanuts for garnish
  • chopped tomatoes for garnish

  1. Prepare and cook millet, kale and sweet potatoes, set aside.
  2. Prepare millet groats according to package directions.
  3. In a medium-sized soup pan, heat oil on medium and then add ginger and spices.
  4. Add tomatoes and saute for a few minutes.
  5. Add veggie stock, peanut butter and chickpeas and stir. Simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes and then add kale in last 10 minutes.
  6. Add cooked sweet potatoes, salt and pepper and simmer covered for about 10 more minutes.
  7. To serve, add millet to bowl and top with stew. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and lots of peanuts.


  1. That looks amazing and I have almost all of the ingredients in the house already!

  2. sounds wonderful - sigh - I love peanut stews but have a peanut allergy in the house which makes them less fun - I love the look of all the nuts on top of your stew - would dive right in

  3. I especially love that you served this over millet! Nice subtle backdrop to a really flavorful sounding stew.

  4. mi lah? do you live in philly? i live in the philly suburbs and was just at mi lah in july ;)

  5. I live on the border of PA and DE! We're about 25 minutes from MI Lah!


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