HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS GHANIAN GOAT AND TRIPE PEANUT STEW (GROUNDNUT SOUP RECIPE)

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Ghanaian goat and tripe peanut stew is a savory traditional soup from Ghana, a West African country popular for its mouth-watering delicacies. This groundnut soup packs a punch of flavours that will hit your taste buds in the right places and make you come back for more.

If you are a lover of spicy food, this dish is for you. However, if you do not have a stomach for heat, do not worry just yet. The nutty and creamy flavour of the peanut lends the heat a subtlety and evens it out. This leaves a delightful taste on your tongue. You can also make it spicy to taste by adding more or less chilli.

 

INGREDIENTS

·          250g Honeycomb tripe

·         500g Goat meat

·         150g peanut butter

·         1 smoked dried fish

·         2 medium onions

·         5 cloves of garlic

·         1 medium fresh ginger

·         2 teaspoons of tomato paste

·         4 cups of chicken stock

·         3tbsp of sunflower or vegetable oil

·         4 scotch bonnet pepper or hot chilli pepper

·         3 bay leaves

·         1 can of plum tomatoes

·         2tsp paprika

·         Freshly grounded black pepper

·         Salt

These ingredients can be gotten in an offline or online African and Caribbean store near you.

Servings: 5

Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

What Can You Eat It With?

Ghanaian goat and tripe peanut stew can be eaten with plantain, potatoes, yam, rice and other starchy foods.

 

MIS-EN-PLACE

·         Rinse the tripe thoroughly. Fill a pot with water, add a pinch of salt and parboil the tripe for 7 minutes. This is to soften it, remove the odour and make cleaning easier.

·         Remove the tripe and place it in cool water. Once it has cooled down, clean the tripe thoroughly by scraping the surface gently with a knife till all the dirt has been removed. Rinse thoroughly under running water. Cut into cubes and set aside.

·         Thoroughly clean goat meat. Cut into cubes.

·         In a clean pot, add the tripe. Season with salt, seasoning cubes and onions. Add water and cook for 15 minutes. Add in the goat meat after and cook for another 15 minutes. This is because tripe is usually tough and takes a longer time to get tender.

·         Clean and debone the smoked fish.

·         Clean ginger, and grate it into a puree.

·         Finely chop the onions.

·         Mince the garlic.

·         Halve the scotch bonnet or chilli peppers and deseed.

 

Instructions

1.      In a pot, on medium heat, add sunflower oil and allow to heat up for a few seconds. Add finely chopped onions, minced garlic, grated ginger, bay leaves and stir-fry for a few minutes till fragrant. Stir continuously to prevent the ingredients from burning or sticking to the pot.

2.      Reduce to low heat and add the paprika and tomato paste, gently stirring it in till it is well incorporated. Allow cooking for 2 minutes while stirring constantly to prevent burning.

3.      Add in the tripe and goat meat and turn them gently for a few minutes, allowing them to soak up all the rich flavours of the spices.

4.      Add in the plum tomatoes and chicken stock and stir well.

5.      Add the deboned smoked fish.

6.      Add in the deseeded scotch bonnet pepper. Note that the more you add, the spicier. Adjust this to your preference.

7.      Now, add the peanut butter and stir in. By now, your kitchen should be filled with the flavorful aroma of this soup.

8.      Add freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste.

9.      Increase the heat to medium, close the pot and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check and stir regularly. The soup will thicken after a while, and scrape the bottom of the pot gently. This will prevent the soup from sticking and burning.

10.  Taste the soup after 15 minutes and adjust the seasoning to taste. If the soup is spicy enough, remove the halved scotch bonnet peppers. However, if you want it a little bit spicier, remove the peppers, crush them up and add them back to the soup to turn that fiery heat up a notch.

11.  Allow the soup to simmer for a minute.

12.  Serve and enjoy.

 

One of the many amazing things about this soup is that it can be enjoyed with different sides. It can be eaten with fufu, which is a starchy dish made from boiled cassava. The cassava is then pounded till it is fluffy and smooth. This soup can also be enjoyed with white rice.

 Groundnut soup is not only delicious, but it is also extremely rich in protein and healthy fat. Groundnut contains omega-3 fatty acid which helps lower the risk of having cancer. The vitamins contained in groundnut have also been noted to possess an anti-ageing property that keeps the skin youthful.

In addition to this, groundnut contains some minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium and zinc which promote one’s health and strengthen the bones.

In some traditional communities in West Africa, especially Ghana and Nigeria, pregnant women are encouraged to eat groundnut soup. This is because groundnut is a good source of folic acid which is an important nutrient for pregnant women. Folic acid lowers the risk of birth defect and contribute to the healthy growth of the baby’s spine and brain.

There you go! Make a pot of rich groundnut soup today. It is a treat for your taste buds and a delight to your body.

 

 

 

 

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