This shows you how to make a delicious sauce out of meat or chicken, with spinach in groundnut (peanut) sauce.
For: 4 servings
- 500 g chicken breast ((or turkey. Other types of meat lilke beef, pork or mutton can do))
- 250 g Groundnut/peanut butter ((very finely groundnut powder can do))
- 2 tomatoes
- 500 g spinach ((fresh or frozen))
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper ((or other type - taste))
- 2 large onions
- 3 tbsp oil
- hot water
- cut the chicken breast into cubes and fry them in very hot oil for about 8 - 10 minutes. If beef is used, note that it takes longer than chicken. The meat at this stage should be or get almost cooked.
- in the meantime, shred the spinach, chop the onions and tomatoes into small cubes.
- add onions to the chicken and continue frying until they are glassy.
- add the spinach & onions [if you look at accompanying video, the tomatoes cut into small cubes, where added at a later stage (see video), - but this does not matter] Mix well and bring this to the boil
- add the groundnut / peanut butter and mix well. Add hot water. The heat should be reduced to avoid "violent" boiling. If a non-teflon pan is used, see to it that nothing gets scorched at the bottom. Add paprika, garlic, pepper and salt to taste.
- cover and let it simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes on LOW heat. Stir now & then. If groundnut paste or powder made from RAW groundnuts is used, it will need more time to get ready & the taste will be a bit different.
Enjoy with rice, ugali, potatoes, potato puree, chapati, matooke, …The other day, this lady from Indonesia had large amounts of this sauce with rice & tasted ugali for the first time … and also ate some with potato puree … I am quite sure many folks in Uganda would think it’s crazy to mix chicken, spinach & groundnut (peanut) sauce. More usual is only spinach or other vegetables in groundnut sauce. One is more likely to find such in West Africa where astonishing (! – from an East African’s viewpoint) ingredient mixtures can be used in one pot. It’d not be surprising to find chunks of fish, cassava, etc and loooooots of pepper added to the above sauce.
I have eaten fish cooked together with spinach. The fact, though is: the stuff tastes good and ultimately, that is what counts!
If chicken or meat is not included, you would get Spinach in groundnut/peanut sauce recipe, which is purely vegetarian & a sauce in its own right. Check it out.