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African Stew with Idaho® Potatoes and Cauliflower

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African potato recipes use both regular potatoes and, often, sweet potatoes. Here is one of each.

African Potato Recipes


  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 Idaho® Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 -15 ounce can No-Salt tomato sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups homemade or prepared low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
  • 4 cups thinly sliced collard greens
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • Garnish: chopped peanuts or cashews, chopped cilantro

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  1. Heat oil in a large pot or cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened.
  2. Stir in red chile flakes, ground coriander, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add russet potatoes, stir in the water, tomato sauce, and apple sauce. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. *Alternatively, you can add all remaining ingredients and transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Stir in the cauliflower, sweet potato, collard greens and apricots. Cover and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and sweet potatoes are fork tender.

African Sweet Potato Soup

Many African Potato Recipes Use Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped


1. Saute the onion in oil, in a large saucepan, over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

2. Combine the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves with the sauteed onion. Add the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot; continue to cook and stir all ingredients for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the water to the mixture in the saucepan, and season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

4. Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a Food Processor or Blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth.

Return the blended soup to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, season with cayenne pepper, and return to heat until heated through. Serve warm - top each bowl with fresh cilantro.

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