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Mafae (Mauritanian Style West African Peanut Stew) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Alison McReynolds
Added: Sunday, February 8, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 finely chopped onions
4 cloves minced garlic
2-3 bay leaves
2 c. unroasted peanut butter
1 1/2 c. tomato paste
3+ c. water
oil
salt and red pepper to taste
2 potatoes finely cubed (optional)
1/2 lb. chopped goat meat (optional)
2 c. uncooked white rice (optional)

Directions:
Directions:
- In a large pot, sauté meat (if you're using any) in a little oil until partly cooked.
- Add onions and sauté with the meat until wilted (and the meat is mostly cooked).
- Add water, peanut butter, tomato paste, garlic, bay leaves and potatoes.
- Bring to a boil while stirring frequently.
- Cook at a simmer until meat and potatoes are cooked through, adding more water if necessary to maintain a thick sauce/stew-like consistency.
- Add salt and red pepper to taste.
- Traditionally served over white rice but it is also good alone. If eating it alone, I would recommend making the sauce a little thinner.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
10 (if served over rice)
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Traditionally, Mafae is eaten with goat meat but sheep, camel, or chicken is also good. Personally, I usually leave the meat out all together and make it vegetarian. It is a very heavy meal but delicious. It works well to cook the rice in a different pot while cooking the Mafae as they will then be done simultaneously. Some people prefer the stew as a side dish.

 

 

 

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