Today, we’re going on a trip to the largest country in West Africa; where 70% of the population lives on less than $1 a day. A country known as the Cradle of the Empire of Ghana- West Africa’s first black empire- Mali.
The national language in Mali is French, but the majority of the citizens there speak Bambara. The majority of Malians are Muslim, and Mali’s great Mosque of Djenne is the largest mud-brick building in the world!
On to the entree! 😀
Tiguadege Na (Meat in peanut sauce)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 lb beef cubes (lamb, chicken or goat can be used, too)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can chopped tomatoes or 4 large tomatoes peeled and chopped
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 4 cups broth (your choice, I used beef)
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp Herbs De Provence (easy to find at Walmart if you don’t normally have any)
- 2 carrots, cut into large chunks
- 2 potatoes, cut into large chunks
- 1 eggplant, chopped
- Brown the meat in the oil over high heat on all sides, then add the onions and garlic and stir until the onions have softened.
- Add the canned tomatoes and paste, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the broth, peanut butter, Herbs de Province, and stir until mixed.
- Add the vegetables, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pot, and let simmer on low heat for an hour.
- Serve over rice
Now- I do enjoy Chinese food with peanut butter- think peanut shrimp, am I right?- but when I added the peanut butter and Herbs in step 3, I did NOT like the way it started to smell. Thankfully, not 15 minutes into simmering, the smell went from questionable to amazing! So, if you notice that too, just give it a few minutes!
The flavor was very nice. It had a slightly less savory beef stew-ness that I liked! Everyone finished their plate (except the anti-onion girl, she had leftover chili for dinner, and the vegetarian, she had leftovers from Paraguay) but only the 12 year old got seconds. So although we liked it, we didn’t like it quite well enough for it to have a place on the regular menu.
Thanks for checking out Mali with us!