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groundnut soup

Groundnut soup is my all time favorite Ghanaian dish! I made it with just chicken this time, but you can add in any vegetables you like, potatoes and even sweet potatoes. If you like it spicy, add in a few halved habanero peppers; I avoided this because my husband cannot handle heat unfortunately (this means I always make two of everything or sacrifice and eat bland food, sigh).



  • 1 large tomato, quartered
  • 1/2 small onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1″ ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup peanut paste
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken legs or thighs
  • 2 habanero peppers, halved (optional)


  1. Sauté the onions in a pot with some oil on medium heat till translucent. Add in the ginger and stir till fragrant. Add in the tomato paste, tomatoes and 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend to a smooth paste. Transfer the paste into the pot and add in salt and pepper.
  2. Stir together the peanut paste and hot water to form a smooth paste. Add this into the tomato mixture and bring to a boil. If the mixture is too thick, add in some more water. Add in the chicken and habanero peppers and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until you see oil floating on top. Vegetables and potatoes can be added in halfway through cooking to ensure they do not become too soft. You can also add in more water depending on the consistency you prefer. Serve with rice or gari.

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