Chard, sweet potato & peanut stew

Chard, sweet potato & peanut stew

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Use whatever greens you have for this nutty, sweet stew. Serve on its own in bowls, or with rice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal398
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre6g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.93g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 400g sweet potatoes, cut into medium chunks
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  • ½ tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 140g salted, roasted peanuts
  • 250g chard, leaves and stems, washed and roughly chopped


  1. Heat a large saucepan with a lid over a medium heat and add the oil. Add the onion and fry until light golden. Stir in the cumin seeds until fragrant, about 1 min, then add the sweet potato, chilli flakes, tomatoes and 750ml water. Stir, cover and bring to the boil, then uncover and simmer for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, whizz the peanuts in a food processor until finely ground, but stop before you end up with peanut butter. Add them to the stew, stir and taste for seasoning – you may want to add a pinch more salt. Simmer for a further 15 mins, stirring frequently.

  3. Finally, stir in the chard. Return to the boil and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 mins or until the chard is cooked. Serve piping hot with plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

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Comments (40)

janerichardson's picture

Just re-read the recipe, and realised I used unsalted peanuts. Maybe it needed a load of salt to bring out the flavour? Still won't bother again. Next time I get chard in the vegbox it goes on the compost heap!

janerichardson's picture

Sorry, not for us. Found the recipe while looking for something to make to use the Swiss Chard (is this the same as non-Swiss chard?) in my vegbox. The sauce was bland, couldn't taste the cumin nor chilli (used fresh, not dried). Halved the recipe for 2 of us, still made loads. The leftovers went in the bin though.

goldhanger's picture

Absolutely delicious. Heart warming and great for a winter's evening. I stuck to the ingredients but substituted chard with savoy cabbage and used dry roasted peanuts because I couldn't get unsalted for love nor money. Like others I used veg stock instead of just water.

It seems most people here who added all sorts of other ingredients didn't actually have the stew! Hoi sin, soy sauce AND korma paste?

salamandahk's picture

I used pumpkin instead of potato and didn't weigh it, so probably more than 400 grms. Also added tempeh and used unsalted peanuts - again a few more than suggested - and it came out great with easily 6 portions (with rice). I used less stock as previous posters suggested - initially 350 ml, but added another 150 to get a consistency I liked (probably cos of the increased amount of pumpkin & tempeh) - definitely didn't need 750 ml though. Will definitely do it again.

colleenc's picture

I thought this stew was great! Citing some of the commentors that complained of it being bland, I exchanged the water for vegetable stock, added 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp hoisin, 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp tamarind concentrate and 2 tsp of curry paste (I used Patak's Korma).

babsfazekas's picture

This is my new favourite dish! I halved the amount if water and used a stock cube as per other reviews and it turned out the perfect consistency. The absolute best bit was the whizzing of the peanuts, I wouldn't use peanut butter instead. I have a little handheld blender that can be attached to chopping blades and it did a beautiful and super-fast job. If you do the peanuts in batches you can even have smoother and rougher bits for extra texture. Wonderful flavour to this stew, will save it for occasions when we have vegetarian friends over for dinner.

arabellastrange's picture

Just so good! This will become a family staple, I believe. I used vegan stock powder with the water, and black cale, as I couldn't get chard. Served it with a quinoa salad. More than enough for 4. I will make and remake this.

siobhang's picture

Really delicious, huge hit for both of us, and fantastic warmed up for lunch the next day! I only used about half the liquid recommended, and used chicken stock to give it a bit of flavour, and it came out perfect. Definitely going on my regular cooking rotation!

emmapr's picture

I love this recipe, to the point that I crave it at least once a month! I reduced the liquid to 300ml and used stock instead of water and I also use peanut butter. I have also made with chicken thigh and beef steak strips (not together!). I added the chicken at the same time as adding the tomoatos and stock, if you use breast, you may want to add a bit later. The beef I added at the stage where the peanuts were added. I think chicken tasted a bit better.

glitter_rose's picture

Lovely recipe, my other half loved it! Will be having this as a weekly dinner, delicious!

susanbarrie's picture

This was lovely although I would say 750ml is far too much as the stew turned out watery. I used pak choi instead of chard which worked well. My vegan partner thoroughly approved so will try this again with modified water quantity and perhaps serving with rice

goosegirl123's picture

Instead of using the cumin and chilli I used 3 tablespoons of a curry paste. I changed the peanuts to cashews which I prefer and the chard to spinach. The result was fantastic. I made coconut rice with peas to serve with it.

emblebembles's picture

I definitely agree that stock is better than water - I also reduced the amount from 750ml to about 350ml, as it was very watery.
I've tried this with chicken as well (apologies to the veggies out there!) - sweat the chicken with the onions, leaving out the oil if you're doing it this way, and use chicken instead of veg stock. Lovely.

ceeran's picture

This is a really tasty recipe, although I did change it a bit to suit what I had! Natural peanut butter, stock instead of water, butternut squash rather than potato and spinach instead of chard. Delicious.

lourolls01's picture

I could not get chard so I used broccoli instead, I also used stock instead of water and "no sugar peanut butter". I also preferred this with normal potatoes rather than sweet ones. This was super delicious indeed! Everyone loved it and I've made it again since, for the meat eaters of the house I added chicken and it went down a storm.

cathiggs's picture

This was the first recipe that I have done and I loved it! Though I do agree it does need a stock cupe in otherwise it tasted great

eleanormayo's picture

This was delicious, although I did use veggie stock instead of water - just always do. It would not serve 4 without rice though, only did 3 portions on its own. Would definitely do again.

sarz116's picture

I would recommend using vegetable stock instead of water, as the finished dish does taste distinctly 'watery' without. I also couldn't find chard but used curly kale which tasted nice

nataliasupernova's picture

A good stew, although next time I'll try it with butternut squash instead of sweet potato as I think it'll be a better flavour. Might also be easier to just use crunchy peanut butter instead of peanuts

nataliasupernova's picture

A good stew, although next time I'll try it with butternut squash instead of sweet potato as I think it'll be a better flavour. Might also be easier to just use crunchy peanut butter instead of peanuts


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