West African Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Curry Stew


Curry – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Spicy, Ghanaian, Vegan Recipe

Easy |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 30 minutes |  Yield: 10 cups

Groundnuts (aka peanuts) are a common ingredient in West African cooking. This is a traditional vegan dish in Ghana, where bold flavors come together from sweet potatoes, spicy curry, fresh ginger, and rich peanut butter. Dark greens round out the color for a hearty, plant-based stew.


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup natural roasted peanut butter (no added oils or sweeteners)
  • 1 bunch Collard greens, stemmed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Fresh lime wedges, chopped peanuts, green onions to garnish (optional)

How it’s Done:

In a medium pot, sweat the bell pepper and onion, covered, over medium heat until the onion is soft. Add the ginger and curry powder and cook 2 more minutes, until aromatic.
Add the sweet potato, water, and peanut butter. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir the stew and make sure the peanut butter is mixed well into the broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potato is knife-tender, about 15 minutes.
Add the collards, cover, and simmer until the collards are tender, about 5 more minutes.
Remove the lid, taste to adjust seasoning. Garnish with limes, peanuts, or green onions to your preference, and serve.

Enjoy on its own or serve over steamed brown basmati rice.

Yield: 10 cups

Peanuts are known in Ghana as “groundnuts” because they grow in the ground. They are found in many West African dishes, including this spice curry stew

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Curry Spice Tip:  I opt for a trusted spice brand, which uses minimal added salt and no weird preservatives or fake colors.

Oil-Free Peanut Butter:  To ensure a 100% oil-free recipe, be sure to use peanut butter that doesn’t have added oils.  Double-check the ingredients list to make sure there’s no oil list.

Freezer-Friendly: This soup freezes great and stretches easily.  Make extras to freeze for future meals. 

Get Your Greens: Use any dark greens in place of the collards. Swiss chard, kale, and leaf spinach would all work. You can use 2 cups frozen greens for easy convenience.

Nutrition Fact

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 14 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 82 mg 3 %
Potassium 601 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 22 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 31 %
Sugars 7 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 279 %
Vitamin C 85 %
Calcium 11 %
Iron 11 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Teeny Tiny Spice Co of Vermont Organic West African Curry, 2.8 Oz
  • Frontier Organic Seasoning, Vindaloo, 1.9 Ounce
  • Spread The Love NAKED CRUNCH Organic Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce All Natural


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