Nigerian Red Kidney Bean Stew with a Peanut Sauce

I wasn’t going to post tonight, but I simply had to! I think I’m addicted to this:


Nigerian Red Kidney Bean Stew with a Peanut Sauce – Itiakiet Stew

SOURCE: adapted from Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian



CUISINE: Nigerian

SERVES: 2 – 3 (as a main course)



1 can of red kidney beans (undrained)

Groundnut oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 – 5 Thai green chilies, chopped

2 1/2 tsp of ground cumin

1 can of chopped tomatoes

3/4 teaspoon of cayenne

1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter

2 teaspoons of sea salt


1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and chilies. Stir and fry until the onions become translucent

2. . Add the cumin, stir, then add the tomato sauce, cayenne, lemon juice and a little water. Stir and then bring to boil. Then, turn the heat to the lowest setting and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

3. While the tomato mixture is simmering, put the peanut butter in a small bowl. Slowly add a little liquid from the beans, mixing as you add the water.

4. When the tomato mixture is finished cooking, pour into it the beans and and the peanut butter and stir. Bring to simmer, cover, and gently cook for 10 – 15 minutes.

It’s absolutely delicious served with some brown basmati rice, or with some bread.


Amazing! It’s a real winner! It takes very little time to make, it’s easy, inexpensive – and it tastes amazing! I am so happy I discovered this deliciousness! I loved it! The silkiness of the peanut butter was totally seductive and ultimately simply addictive! It was perfect with brown basmati rice. – Can you tell I really like this? 😀 Go on, make it now!  


I think I may try using a bit less peanut butter next time, to try and get a better balance between the peanut butter and the rest of the sauce.

Madhur says pinto beans can be used instead of red kidney beans. She likes to serve greens or green beans on the side.

This was my first attempt and even taste of African cooking other than Moroccan, so that was very exciting! I first saw this recipe over at Lisa’s blog, and then somewhere else, and then I got Madhur’s book from the library. The book is going straight to my wish list! The recipes are delicious, and the writing is very soulful and warm, so much that it’s hard to stop reading it.


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  1. papa_rod

     /  15 November, 2007

    Thanks! This sounds great! I’m going to try it soon.


  2. I love the sound of this – duly bookmarked!


  3. wow..pb with red kidney beans…sounds good..


  4. This sounds delicious and has a slight spicy kick that I know I will enjoy. Thanks for sharing it.


  5. there is a similar senegalese recipe that i love. peanuts add a lot to stews and gravies.


  6. This sounds great. I’ll try it and post a link with it back to your sites…but, in the morning. i should have been in bed at least an hour ago!


  7. hey we have the same stuff here in Ghana…which is very close to Nigeria BTW. Its simple yet satisfying food.


  8. PAPA ROD, thanks for dropping by! Let me know what you think!

    KATIE, do try it! I’m seriously seriously tempted to make it tonight. It’s only a fridge full of veg that’s stopping me. I’d feel very guilty for letting the veg go to waste.

    RAJITHA, thanks for visiting and welcome! 🙂 I hope to see you here again!

    NORA, you can adjust the heat, adding a bit more chilies/cayenne pepper, or less of course.

    BEE, share your sengalese recipe with us, please! I’ll definitely try it out! From now on, I’m in love with peanut-ed stews! 😀

    LYLAH, you’ve got a beautiful name! 🙂
    I look forward to hearing about whata you think about this stew!

    KATE, I was amazed, wowed how simple and yet how delicious this dish was! If you have any Ghanian recipes, I would love to see them! And try them of course!


  9. I made the Nigerian Stew and you know what? It’s a double thumbs up! My husband and I loved it! Thanks for sharing! And, thanks for the complement on my name 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings….Lylah


  10. Hi Lylah! Glad you enjoyed it! I’m making it again for a friend! yippiiii!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


  11. Lacy

     /  10 January, 2008

    nice u are so corny! I have to look up african foods as a project and u are crazy!


  12. Shayla

     /  30 January, 2008

    Delish!! Just made this tonight- my man and I loved it. We made some minor tweaks, used lime instead of lemon, added 1/4 c. chopped cilantro, and diced red bell pepper. We ate this over baked yams- yum! The subtle sweetness of the yams blended with flavors of the stew wonderfully. Thanks for sharing!!


  13. LACY, if love of food is crazy, then I’m guilty as charged! 😀

    SHAYLA, glad you enjoyed it! I love your version! I think I might try it! Thanks for the tip! 🙂


  14. Upravao se pripremam napraviti ovo jelo, samo sam naišla na mali problem, naime ne znam koliko iznosi “1 can” u gramima? Također nemam ni Thai green chilies pa sam mislila stavit pepperoncine kao zamjenu. Misliš da će to bit O.K.?


  15. bok, Andrea. 1 can je 400 g neto, i 260 g tezina samih pomidora. moze skoro pa bilo koja chili papricica. u originalu madhur koristi zelene paprike, tako da ni ne moras koristit chili. ja ih obozavam, pa sam ih dodala.


  16. Prvo ti zahvaljujem na brzom odgovoru, rješila si me mnogih nedoumica.
    Jelo je isprobano i jako sma zadovoljna. Prvi zalogaji su mi bili malo čudini, ali kad sam ih prihvatila potpuno su me oduševili.
    Mislim da sam upotrjebila previše rajčica pa mi je jelo dosta crvenkasto, a bogme sam uvalila i dosta feferona unutra tako da je i dosta pikantno. No mi pikantno volimo tko da to nije nikakav problem.
    Poslijepodne ću ti linkat i fotku da vidiš kak mi je ispalo. Sve u svemu sigurno ću ga opet kuhati! 🙂


  17. ciao, bas mi je drago da ti se svidja! dobro ti je ispalo!

    hej, ako oces, slobodno pisi o tome na svom blogu.


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