There are dozens of ways to enjoy the delicious and healthy groundnut, but groundnut soup is one of the most popular ones. Like many Nigerian soups, groundnut soup is actually closer to a stew and is a very hearty, filling dish. Find out how to make groundnut soup right now!
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1. Ingredients for groundnut soup
Before you learn the steps for preparing the classic peanut soup recipe, get your ingredients ready! Here is what you’ll need for the soup:
- Raw groundnuts – 500g
- Assorted meat – 500g
- Dry fish
- Stock fish
- Palm oil – 2tbsp
- Pumpkin leaves – 1 handful
- Ground crayfish – 2tbsp
- Stock cubes – 2
- Salt and pepper – to taste
Traditional peanut soup is cooked with pumpkin leaves, but if you want to give your soup a new flavour, you can substitute the pumpkin leaves with frozen spinach – in this case, take 6 blocks of spinach.
2. How to cook groundnut soup
Let’s move on to the most important part of the groundnut soup recipe – the steps to making your first pot of flavourful and authentic peanut soup:
- First prepare your groundnuts. Remove the shells and peel them. Put raw groundnuts into a dry pan and roast, stirring constantly, until they turn golden brown. Let the groundnuts cool and grind them into a paste using a mill or a blender.
- Soak the dry fish and stock fish in clear water until it becomes soft and tender. If your fish is very tough, you may even need to boil it for a couple of minutes. Once the fish is soft, remove the bones and chop it.
- Finely chop the pumpkin leaves or defrost and chop the spinach leaves.
- Start cooking your meat. Most cooks prefer to use shaki and beef. If you’re using shaki, put it into the pot first and boil it until it’s nearly done. Then add the fish, beef, and stock cubes and cook until there is no tough piece of meat left in the pot.
- Season with salt and pepper, add the crayfish, and bring the mixture to a boil. Take off the heat.
- Remove the meat and fish from the pot, leaving only the stock.
- Put the stock back on the stove, add the groundnut paste, stir well, and cook on low heat, stirring constantly. Make sure the mixture doesn’t burn: add more water if needed and watch it closely.
- After about 15 minutes of cooking, you will notice a thin film of oil forming on the surface of the soup. At this point add the meat and fish back to the pot, stir, and bring to a boil on low heat.
- Add the pumpkin leaves or spinach leaves, stir, bring to a boil again and take off the heat.
- Serve groundnut soup on its own or together with your favourite fufu meal!
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