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African Sweet Potato Soup

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As requested here is the recipe, it serves 4 and is taken from The Soup Book by the Soil Association


2tbsp Oilive oil

1 Onion chopped

2 Garlic cloves finely chopped

2 tsp Fresh ginger finely grated

1/4 tsp dried crushed chillies

450g Sweet potatoes cut into small chunks

1 Red pepper deseeded and chopped

230g can tomatoes ( I used a 400g tin because that was all I had )

1 tsp Cumin seeds dry roasted dry roasted and crushed

1tsp Coriander seeds dry roasted and crushed (I roasted them in a dry pan then ground in my spice ginder)

900ml Hot vegetable stock

2-3 tbsp smooth or crunchy peanut butter (didn't use because DS & YD don't like peanut butter and it was nice already)

Few drops of Tabasco (optional)

Chilli oil, to serve


Heat oil in large pan, add onion and fry for 3 minutes, stir in ginger, garlic and chilli, fry for a further minute, then stir in sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and spices, fry for a further 2 minutes. Pour in the stock and simmer until the vegetables are tender, the recipe says 12-15 minutes, I found it took more like 20 minutes.


Remove from the heat then blend, add peanut butter and Tabasco if using and serve drizzled with chilli oil

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I made this for lunch today and it went down very well. I left the vegetables a bit chunky, just mashing them down a bit because I have no blender currently. Also I used a bit of tahini instead of the peanut butter (not much though because it has quite a strong taste). Husband had two helpings even though he is not a lover of sweet potato! Can recommend :D

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