A Warming Ghanaian Dish

We hear that it is really cold in America right now, so we thought it’d be a good time to share one of our favorite Ghanaian dishes.  We are also considering creating a Kassena cookbook (thanks for the idea Carmen!) so this is a small test ground. This soup is perfect for a chilly winter’s night. It’s packed with protein and veggies. You can either make it vegetarian (skip the meat- we do all of the time) or add some chicken. Here we call peanuts groundnuts. So another name for this could be peanut butter soup (it sounds gross, but it’s truly tasty). Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!!!

Groundnut Soup 
1 lb of chicken
3 medium tomatoes quartered
1 sliver of ginger grated
3 cloves of garlic diced
1 large onion diced
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
Salt to taste
8 cups of water
1 cup of peanut butter (no sugar added)
Red pepper to taste
Optional:
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of okra
1 cup of eggplant
Simmer meat with tomato, ginger, onion, garlic, tomato paste, and salt over medium heat in one cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Add 8 cups of water and stir. In a separate mixing bowl, add 4 cups of stock from pot and peanut butter. Stir until peanut butter is completely dissolved in stock, adding more stock if necessary. Pour mixture into the pot and stir. Add garlic and red pepper to taste. Reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes. Add spinach, eggplant, and/or okra at the end before serving

Rice Balls
Cook rice with extra water so it comes out over cooked. Mash it with a wooden spoon. Take a soup ladle and make small balls. Make sure they are packed tightly. Set them on the side of your bowl of soup. Eat with fingers;)

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