Gambian Peanut Stew (Domoda)

One of the Vegan Recipe Club team recently visited The Gambia and was delighted to find this vegan stew as a national dish. Peanut butter, tomato, chilli and sweet potato create a deliciously hearty blend with a nice bit of heat… yum!

Gluten free
Wheat free
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Preparation time

20 min

Cook time

40 min

Total time





  • mains
  • lunches




  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 large tomatoes, roughly chopped or 1 x 400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 red or green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ – 1 tsp chilli powder (depending on how much heat you like)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin or cumin seeds (optional)
  • 200g/1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 800g/28oz sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 800ml/3⅓ cups vegan stock
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, chickpeas or butter beans, drained and rinsed (optional – if you’d like extra protein)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings: crushed peanuts (ideally toasted), fresh chilli peppers (remove the seeds for less heat or fry first) and fresh coriander.

Serving suggestions: rice, quinoa, crusty bread or flatbread, vegan plain yoghurt, steamed kale, collard greens, steamed vegetables, fried ripe plantain, coleslaw, salad


  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.

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