a bowl of West African peanut stew with a grey napkin on the side

One-Pot Vegan Peanut Stew

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: African


A rich a hearty stew loaded with peanut butter, sweet potato and lentils for a cozy and filling meal!



  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-inch cube of ginger, grated
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 turnip, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried green lentils
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground coriander (or coriander seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 cups kale, shredded
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • crushed peanuts and cilantro to top


  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and let cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. 
  3. Add the ginger and garlic and let cook for another 2 minutes. 
  4. Next add the sweet potato, turnip, lentils, cumin seeds, ground coriander and cayenne pepper and mix together, letting cook for about 1 minute. 
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then add the crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth. Let simmer for 15 minutes. 
  6. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Let simmer for another 10 minutes. 
  7. Serve with crushed peanuts and cilantro. 


This One-Pot Vegan Peanut Stew  can be made in a regular pot, instant pot, or slow cooker. The recipe card below shares how to make this in a regular pot, though if you want to make this in a slow cooker or instant pot, add all of the ingredients except for the kale and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Then add the shredded kale 15 minutes before serving.

Give the onions, ginger and garlic time to brown in the pot to really build up the flavour.

Use chunky peanut butter for this recipe. It adds some great texture!

Serve this stew on its own or over some steamed white rice. It’s also great topped off with some cilantro and crushed peanuts.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 364
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 18g

Keywords: african soup recipe, peanut stew recipe