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Vegan Domoda, West African Peanut Stew in cooking pot on table

Domoda, West African Peanut Stew

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 35 min
Total: 45 min
Servings: 4

A variation on a Domoda recipe, this focuses heavily on peanuts while building a lot of complex flavor in the stew itself by including a lot of healthy, flavorful ingredients. This recipe is soy free and gluten free!

Author Ellen Friendly Kitchen
by Ellen Friendly Kitchen
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: 4 Servings
Needed Kitchenware: Non-stick pot with lid, blender (optional)
Paste Base
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • handful of coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chili
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper cut in thin slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut in thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper cut in thin slices
  • 5 cloves garlic diced
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 chili of your choice
  • 1 tbsp oil
Recipe Directions


  • Add all the paste ingredients into a blender and blend into a paste. Add a little water needed to blend. (Finely chop these ingredients if you do not have a blender.)
  • Put the tablespoon of oil into your pot and add the paste base and the diced garlic. Sauté for about 8 minutes. If it starts to stick to the pan add a little bit of water to de-glaze it.
  • Add the rest of the other ingredients and mix together. Cover the pot and allow to simmer for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and serve with toppings like chopped ginger, green onion, chili slices, or peanuts.

If you'd like to reduce the level of spice, substitute the scotch bonnet for a more mild chili. To reduce the amount of fat or calories, reduce the amount of peanut butter used. You can serve this with rice or eat on its own, enjoy!

Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: 1 Stew
Servings: 4
Information per serving:
Energy: 523 kcal
Carbohydrate: 58.4 g
Protein: 17.5 g
Fiber: 12.4 g
Sugar: 19.8 g
Fat: 28.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 13.6 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 7 g
Omega-3: 0.3 g
Omega-6: 6.5 g
Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 68 mg 16% DV
Folate: 113.6 µg 28% DV
A: 21395.2 IU 917% DV
B1: 0.3 mg 29% DV
B2: 0.4 mg 31% DV
B3: 9.6 mg 68% DV
B5: 2 mg 40% DV
B6: 1 mg 77% DV
B12: 0 µg 0% DV
C: 154.9 mg 206% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 4.8 mg 32% DV
K: 30.6 µg 34% DV
Calcium: 126 mg 12.5% DV
Copper: 0.7 mg 71% DV
Iron: 4 mg 23% DV
Magnesium: 160.1 mg 50% DV
Manganese: 1.9 mg 106% DV
Phosphorus: 328.1 mg 47% DV
Potassium: 1428.9 mg 30% DV
Selenium: 8.3 µg 15% DV
Sodium: 270 mg 18% DV
Zinc: 2.5 mg 31% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

This vegan Gambian stew is a peanut lover's dream, comforting, and hearty. Inspired by a restaurant in Edinburgh, I thought I would recreate it at home.

Peanut Stew

The trick to this recipe is the paste being heated in the pot before the other ingredients are added. The slight heat added to the paste of herbs and spices creates aromatics that create depth of flavor and complexity. And the chilis... the chilis are very important...

Although not indigenous to Africa, the chili pepper was cultivated and widely used in Africa since around the 16th century. It's become a staple in many dishes and like many Westeran African countries, you might be using a pepper sauce as a wonderful compliment to this stew if you wanted more heat. And your body will thank you for it - chilis help fight inflammation, clear mucus, and provide a lot of vitamins!

African Peanut Stew

Serve Domoda on its own or with rice. Jazz it up with your own ingredient substitutes or additions like collard greens or kale. Enjoy!

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