Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mafé and Plantain Bananas

Mafé and Plantain Bananas

Yesterday while flicking through a few recipes books and finding nothing that interested me, I suddenly thought of Mafé. A famous and very popular dish in West Africa. It is a kind of stew in a peanut sauce. My boyfriend makes a fantastic Mafé, so I decided to give it a go myself. I must admit looking up the recipe on the internet I was a bit daunted as none of them were the same. A quick telephone call to my chap for the ingredients he uses and following a basic Mafé guideline I became an African momma for the evening. P.S. The cooking smells were heavenly!


1 large onion, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
6 medium potatoes, peeled, quartered and par boiled (5mins max)
6 large chicken thighs
2 thin beef steaks, diced
420g unsweetened peanut butter
2 Maggi (Kub Or) cubes, crumbled NOT mixed with water
1 tin of whole, peeled tomatoes
5 tblsp olive oil
2 chillis, left whole
Salt & pepper to taste


1. In a large soup pan or stew pot heat the oil
2. Add the onions, garlic, chicken and beef
3. Sauté over a high heat
4. Reduce the heat a simmer for a few minutes
5. Add the remaining ingredients, except the peanut butter and beef stock
6. Simmer over a low heat for 30 mins, stirring occasionally (add a little water if becomes too dry)
7. Add the beef stock and peanut butter, stir well together
9. Leave over a low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally

Serve with rice.

Serves : 6
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 45 mins

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