Tunisian sweet potato stew

This is one of my family’s 3 most favouritest ever meals (to quote Imogen). I  used to make it on the stovetop but once I got a slow cooker, I found it was so much better done this way. If your kitchen is slow cookerless, use your biggest saucepan or soup pot, add more liquid, and cook on low heat for an hour or until the sweet potato is tender.


1/3 cup water

1 onion, chopped

1 small fresh chilli, seeded and finely chopped, or a pinch of dried chilli  (optional)

2 tsp minced fresh ginger

2 cloves minced fresh garlic

1½ tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

3 large or 4 small orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3 cm cubes

2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes (no added salt)

3½ cups cooked chick peas, or 2 x 400 g cans chick peas, drained and rinsed

2 cups green beans, cut in 3 cm pieces

1 red capsicum, seeded and sliced

1½ cups water, chick pea cooking liquid or vegetable cooking water

1 cup natural peanut butter (no added salt, sugar or vegetable oil)

4 stalks of kale or silverbeet, central rib removed and leaves shredded

¼ cup chopped fresh coriander


Place the water, onion, chillies, ginger and garlic in slow cooker and cook for 1 hour on High. Add cumin, cinnamon, paprika and coriander and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chick peas, green beans, capsicum, vegetable broth and peanut butter. Turn heat to Low and cook for 6 hours. Add shredded greens 20 minutes before serving time. Stir in fresh coriander and let rest for 2 minutes.  Serve over cooked quinoa (our favourite!) or brown rice, or soaked cracked wheat (bourghal).


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nicky Quinnell on July 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I’m with Imogen – this is fantastic!!! And for the first time in my life I have discovered quinoa – yummy!!
    I even served it to my “meat loving” husband who was very impressed (this was his first vegan meal). Thanks Robyn and family for the inspiration and great news you are to continue this blog.


  2. Hey Nicky – what a victory! I’m gratified to read of all these hubbies who are realising that plant-based meals can be tasty too. It’s funny that meat is associated so strongly with masculinity in our culture, but the primary cause of impotence (which doesn’t feel terribly masculine to those suffering from it) is atherosclerosis caused by eating meat.


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