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Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Stew (Ndambe)
Both sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas are staples of West African cooking. In this recipe for Senegalese ndambe (pronounced NAM-bay), they're simmered together to make a hearty vegetarian stew. Our version is based on a recipe from Pierre Thiam's “Yolele!” cookbook. Canned black-eyed peas keep this dish fast and simple.
tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
large yellow onion, finely chopped
01In a large Dutch oven over medium, heat the coconut oil until shimmering. Add the onion, 1 teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, then cook, stirring, until light golden brown and softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chilies, then cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the black-eyed peas, bay leaves and 5 cups water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high, then reduce to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes.
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OK... I normally dislike anyone who comments on a recipe and then goes on to say how they modified it. But, let's face it, soup in Summer is not where it's at. But make it into a stew that you can serve over rice and now you're talkin'! So here goes. I made according to recipe EXCEPT that I cut the water down to 3 cups, used only 2 cans of BE peas, substituted cilantro for parsley, and served over coconut rice. AND..... the crowd went wild!! Amazing flavors! Definitely a keeper (and we're not usually a Vegetarian-for-dinner Family!).
This was our plan for New Year's black-eyed peas. Well, we could only find one can of black-eyed peas so mixed with a can each of Crowder peas and black beans we had in the pantry. The dish was delicious and we'll definitely make it again. I would encourage you use a BIG dutch oven like the recipe calls for....I thought I could get away with a 4qt but had to transfer to a larger pot. I only had a couple of Jalapeno's so I used them with some Thai birds eye chili's which provided nice spice.
Delicious, healthy and straight forward to prepare. A winner.
Made this one twice already and will make it again and again. It is flavorful with depth. Comparing to another African black eyed peas stew (red-red), this one nailed.