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BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days

Country: U for Uganda

Dish: G-Nut Sauce

We are going to Ugandatoday. It is a landlocked country in East Africa. Ugandan cuisine is influenced by English, Arab, Asian and especially Indian cuisines. Main dishes are usually centered on a sauce or stew of groundnuts/ peanuts, beans or meat.The starch traditionally comes from Ugali (maize meal) in the North and East or Matoke (boiled and mashed green banana) in Central, or a Millet Ugali in the west.

Many tribes in Uganda have their own specialty dish or delicacy. Many dishes include starchy vegetables like Cassava, yam and African sweet potato. Various leafy greens are grown in Uganda.Fruits such as pineapple and bananas are plentiful.

Peanuts or Groundnuts are very important staple and this peanut sauce is the most commonly eaten one. It is eaten plain or mixed with smoked fish, smoked meat or mushrooms and can also be mixed with greens.

I saw the recipe for this dish in Vegetarian times magazine. It is a very simple dish with few ingredients, but they all work together to make a very tasty and filling dish. Traditionally this dish is served with starchy vegetables like potatoes or green bananas, but I served it over some white rice.

Recipe from Vegetarian Times from here:

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G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas) Yum
G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)
Course side dish
Cuisine ugandan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Groundnut Special Sauce:
  • tbsps Peanut butter Smooth
  • ½ cup vegetable stock Low sodium
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 clove Garlic - finely minced
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes - medium
  • 1 Onion - medium, chopped
  • ½ cup Chickpeas Cooked
  • 2 ~ 3 cups Spinach Fresh
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ cup peanuts Roasted
  • to taste Salt
Course side dish
Cuisine ugandan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Groundnut Special Sauce:
  • tbsps Peanut butter Smooth
  • ½ cup vegetable stock Low sodium
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 clove Garlic - finely minced
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes - medium
  • 1 Onion - medium, chopped
  • ½ cup Chickpeas Cooked
  • 2 ~ 3 cups Spinach Fresh
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground
  • ½ tsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ cup peanuts Roasted
  • to taste Salt
G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)
Instructions
  1. To make G-Nut Special Sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pan, and simmer over low heat for 1~2 minutes.
  2. For the Sweet Potatoes: Boil or microwave the sweet potatoes until soft. Let cool. Once cooled, scoop the flesh out of the sweet potato into bowl, and mash with cumin, lemon juice, salt and turmeric.
  3. For Spinach & Chickpeas: In the meantime, heat 2tsp peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onions and saute until the onions are starting to brown around the edges, about 4~5 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach, lower the heat and cook for 3~5 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  5. To Serve: Ladle Sweet potao mixture into 2 bowls. Top with chickpea-spinach mixture and cover with g-nut special sauce. Garnish with peanuts and serve warm.
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15 thoughts on “Uganda — G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)”

  1. Wow, looks fabulous, last click is just inviting me to finish that healthy and filling meal.. Peanut sauce looks very delicious and catchy.

  2. I am gazing at the pics and the dish..love the color combination of the dish.it looks so pretty…the greens with those tiny little balls and then a contrasting sauce..it looks like an artists work. Trust me I am enjoying the dish a lot.

  3. When I was searching for the recipes during this marathon and came across this peanut sauce and peanut soup (can’t remember now from where), they sounded intriguing. Your’s has a vibrant hue and probably works well with our Indian breakfasts too.

  4. Looks yum. The pics are awesome. I am having a difficult time making up my mind drool over the pics or the recipe. Delicious choice.

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