African Soup

African Soup

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West African Peanut Soup

Adult help needed.

In West African countries like Burkina Faso and Togo, people use locally grown vegetables to make soups and stews. Soups are often vegetarian, since many people can’t afford to buy meat.

  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 ½ c. broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • ½ c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 c. okra
  • 1 c. green beans
  • chopped peanuts (for garnish)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for several minutes just until hot, making sure garlic does not burn.
  2. Add tomatoes, broth and peanut butter. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn down heat. Add sweet potatoes, okra and green beans and cook for about 15 more minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Dish into bowls, sprinkle with peanuts and salt and pepper, and enjoy!