Gambian Stew (Domoda) With Easy Peanut Hummus

One of the team recently visited The Gambia and discovered a delicious peanut stew that was served everywhere. Determined to recreate this authentic dish for the Vegan Recipe Club, we now have one of our most popular dishes on the site! With a creamy, nutty sauce, colourful sweet potatoes and a lovely deep heat, it’s easy to see why.

Photograph by Niki Webster.

Gluten free
Wheat free

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Preparation time

5 min

Cook time

55 min

Total time





  • mains
  • lunches





  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 red or green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½-1 tsp chilli powder (depending on how much heat you like)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 large tomatoes, roughly chopped or use 1 x 400g/14 oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200g/7 oz smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 800g/28 oz sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 800ml/3⅓ cup vegan stock
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Easy peanut hummus (optional)

  • 1 x 400g/14 oz tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter (use tahini if you’d rather make classic hummus)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ⅛ tsp ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lime or ½ a lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper



  1. In a large non-stick pan or wok, fry the onion soft and golden.
  2. Stir through the garlic, fresh chilli and cumin seeds (if using) and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  3. If using ground cumin add here along with the chilli powder. Heat for a further minute.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, peanut butter, tomato puree and sweet potato before adding the stock.
  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 35-45 minutes until reduced and thickened and the sweet potato is soft. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  6. Stir through the lemon juice and cannellini beans/butter beans/chickpeas (if using) 5 minutes before the end of cooking time.
  7. Taste the stew and add salt and pepper if necessary.

Easy peanut hummus 

  1. Using a high-speed blender or food processor, blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Serve on the side of the stew with any of the optional serving suggestions below.

Serving suggestions: brown rice, chapatis, crushed peanuts, crusty bread, fresh chilli peppers (remove the seeds for less heat or fry first), fried kale, garlic bread, hummus, leafy green salad, mixed seeds, quinoa, roasted or steamed vegetables, vegan plain yoghurt


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