African Sweet Potato Stew

African Sweet Potato Stew

4.5 of 5 (106)
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 190.8
  • Total Fat: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 101.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 5.2 g

View full nutritional breakdown of African Sweet Potato Stew calories by ingredient


Introduction

A traditional recipe made easy in a crockpot (or on the stovetop) A traditional recipe made easy in a crockpot (or on the stovetop)
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 jalapenos (or to taste), seeded and chopped
    2 teaspoons minced or powdered ginger
    2-3 cloves minced garlic
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    3 cups water or vegetable broth
    2.5 pounds sweet potatoes (~6 medium sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
    2 14.5 ounce cans drained chopped tomatoes
    2 14.5 ounce cans drained chickpeas
    1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen, cut in 2 inch pieces
    ΒΌ cup natural peanut butter (or more to taste
    1 bunch cilantro


Directions

Place chopped onion, chopped jalapenos and all seasonings with 3 cups of water or vegetable broth in crock pot over medium heat [experiment with different seasonings, consider substituting curry]. Then chop Sweet potatoes.

Add sweet potatoes, drained tomatoes, drained chickpeas, and peanut butter and mix well. Cook over medium heat until done, ~4-6 hours on medium to low heat. May be left in crock pot for hours. (On stove top, bring to a boil, then simmer until done). Add additional water as needed.

15 minutes prior to serving, add green beans (thawed or fresh) and half a cup chopped cilantro and mix.

Serve with cilantro as garnish.
Makes 8 , very filling, 1.5 cup servings

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user AZIEBART.

Member Ratings For This Recipe


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    Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    This was fabulous. Just note that in the ingredients list it calls for 1 cup liquid, but in the instructions it calls for 3. I used 3 which was correct. I also would cook this on high as my crock pot doesn't have med. and low took too long. Also, don't drain the tomatoes. Otherwise, A+! - 10/7/07


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    Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    So glad I tried this! Very tasty. Used black beans instead of chickpeas, celery leaves instead of cilantro (store was out!) and made it on the stove top. Can't believe a vegan dinner got a thumbs up from my fiance! This will totally end up in the recipe roulette! - 6/15/09


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    Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was really really good and I think it can be really flexible - you could probably throw anything you wanted in here and it would still taste great.
    The portion size is 1.5 cups, but I couldn't even finish that! It's extremely filling!!
    - 9/15/09


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    Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is excellent! Just note that the nutritional information does NOT include the chick peas. - 10/2/09


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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I've made this a number of times for company and for myself. I freeze leftovers into individual servings over brown rice and take for lunch. I've also substituted organic peas for the beans added at the end. Delicious!! - 7/6/09


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    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    We make something very similar, as both are variations of African Ground Nut Stew. We use black beans and rice in ours. We make it in big batches and freeze individual portions. - 1/5/09


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I am by no means a vegetarian, but this was extremely satisfying! - 3/3/09


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious and most satisfying! I served with sriracha and crushed red pepper condiments so most of us could add a little more heat. Add about 95 calories (1 fat, 17 carbs, 1g sugar, 5.5 prot) for the missing chickpeas (per serving). - 3/1/12


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    Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    First I want to thank MisVik for pointing out the Nutrition Data glitch. I rewrote the recipe for myself,to include the missing garbanzo calories & other nutrition info.
    This was a great dish, I will make it again, but I will also double the spices since I like alot of flavor in my dishes. Yum!
    - 10/5/10


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    O.K.
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    my family didn't like and neither did i definitely something different to try. - 4/10/10


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    Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I think next time I will leave out the peanut butter and add more beans. Made a lot- will be my lunch for the week. - 3/27/10


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious. I also added more peanut butter, but only to our individuals bowls..about 1 teaspoon more each. YUM! Also, I think I added too much liquid because it was kind of runny, so I took out my stick blender and blending about half of it, double YUM. I also added peas which was very good. Thanks! - 11/13/09


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was the yummiest meal! And it was so easy. We are going to do it again and it is on top of the list of things we could serve when vegetarian friends come round for dinner now! Thanks so much for sharing this. - 1/7/09


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    Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was really delicious! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to making it again and adding a little bit of chicken and some hotter spices...seems like a great recipe for experimenting! - 1/7/09


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    Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I liked this better the second day. I didn't have enough chick peas, so I added a can of limas. My husband made a fuss when he saw all the beans and no meat, but he went back for thirds. My daughter loved it. - 1/31/08


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is great. Whole family liked it. Made on stove-top this time, but will try crock pot next time. - 11/5/07


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    Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I would say a serving is 2 cups not 1.5. There is too much liquid & green beans. I cooked to the original recipe. I'll make it again but with less broth, some curry, and maybe a little soy milk. - 10/20/10


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good simple affordable recipe. I served it with jasmine rice. Thank you for sharing. - 8/3/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made a few minor alterations to this recipe (green pepper vs green beans, etc) but still absolutely loved it! Delicious :) - 6/27/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was great...however my husband wanted meat! - 4/8/10


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 3/5/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! The use of fresh cilantro and ginger really gave it a kick. - 3/2/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Definitely will make this again. It was delicious! - 3/1/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added lamb marinated in mint sauce and it was amazing! The mint really complimented the spices and because it was cooked for so long the lamb was tender (even though it was a cheap cut!). - 2/28/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good! I really like the way the sweet potatoes turn into a mash and the flavour with the peanut butter. - 2/6/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was great..Very tasty, sweet spicy. Followed receipe except for the cilantro and cooked on stove top. Yummy :) - 2/3/10


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very easy to make and not much prep time and no expensive ingredients. I will make it again although it doesn't make it quite into my favorites of all time pile. - 1/26/10


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is a really neat recipe. It was a little spicy for me, but otherwise it was a great combination of flavors. - 1/6/10


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was so good!! Next time I am going to add just a touch of curry. My BF loved it, I think he had 3 bowls. How easy is a crockpot meal. Loved it!! - 11/18/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! We ate this with some Injera I picked up. The sweet and sour mix of flavors was fantastic. - 9/28/09


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very good. Filled my crockpot to the brim. We will be able to fill in with this one for days. Thanks - 6/3/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it. - 5/8/09


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Nummy:) - 5/4/09


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    Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    great stew - 2/4/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious, unique and filling ... a winner! - 1/12/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Thank you so much for this recipe. I've made it many times, of course with my own embelishments (like doubling the peanut butter ;-) and I give you great gratitudes for putting it in this public board space. - 1/5/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A great and tasty recipe. Healthy and easy on the budget. - 1/5/09


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! Next time I will use more jalapenos and crushed red pepper, I like it spicy! - 11/11/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very yummy- makes a lot of food! Next time I will add more red pepper and jalapeno to get it spicier. - 11/10/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    this was terrific. i left the jalapenos out until after i'd served this to the kids then added them to our bowls with all of the coriander. Just perfect, and half left for the freezer. Had it with brown rice but reckon it'd be great with cous cous too. - 9/22/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this. I am a fan of african cooking and this my not be as authentic as it could be, its wonderful. I made it in the crock pot to take to work for lunch. Several people have asked me what it is and mentioned how good it smells. - 5/12/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i have this recipe simmering in my crockpot right now. my whole apartment smells like my favorite Ethiopian restaurant!! I'm dying to try it! Unfortunately, I don't have fresh or frozen green beans or a can of garbonzo beans, so i'm winging it with peas and edamame. here's hoping! - 3/23/08


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum! Very tasty and easy to make! I've made it twice now and will make it again and again. - 3/19/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this recipe. It was very filling and easy to make. - 3/5/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wow! What an incredible dish! It has a wonderful flavor & will gladly make it again! - 2/17/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This dish was delicious and so filling! - 1/30/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This stew is very tasty. My husban and I loved it. - 1/26/08


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I forgot to add the beans at the end, but I'm sure that would have made this even better. Left overs were great for lunches. Even FI (who claims not to like sweet potatoes or cooked tomatoes) enjoyed this. - 1/8/08


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    Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I thought this good, not great. I used regular peanut butter instead of natural ... it was still okay. This dish was filling. Will make again. - 12/27/07


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm so impressed with this recipe. It's healthy and yummy and VERY filling. Try this! - 11/29/07


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    SO delicious and easy to make! Very filling too! - 11/27/07


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely wonderful combination of flavors! I cook this on low overnight (8 hours) and it comes out perfectly! - 10/26/07


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    Sounds so good - 6/9/19


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    Very Good
    It works with winter squash or pumpkin too! I've made a similar "stew" for years, just with less heat & no green beans. I usually serve a lentil or chickpea curry with it, so haven't put them in with the sweet potatoes. Spices, peanuts, & yams are yummy combo! - 5/25/16


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    Incredible!
    The only thing I do differently is to brown the onions, peppers and seasonings in coconut oil first. - 7/31/13


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    Not good. - 4/8/13


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    Incredible!
    I loved this! It is indeed very filling, especially since I added chicken as well. I will most certainly be making this again! - 11/16/12


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    Very Good
    At first when I read the ingredients I said "PEANUT BUTTER???" But this is a great recipe! Next time I won't drain the tomatoes and I'll definitely add more peanut butter. I'll also exchange the chickpeas because my daughter isn't fond of them. - 8/27/12


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    Incredible!
    Loved this -- a real treat! - 3/29/12


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    Bad
    This recipe came from fatfreevegan.com, with two additions made to it. You should at least cite the source that you got this recipe. The soup itself is delicious -- I make it all the time from when I got it from that site. - 3/24/12

    Reply from AZIEBART (6/4/17)
    I haven't heard of that website, but I did post this in 2007, so maybe they got it from me? I'm not fat-free or vegan, so it wouldn't be the first place I'd look ;-)



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    Good
    This had a nice flavour but it was too runny and it made a huge amount. - 3/17/12


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    Very Good
    I've wanted to make this since I saw it here 2 weeks ago. I used this recipe as a GUIDE, & "tweaked" it a little. I must say, it was QUITE TASTY! I made it stove top & it came out fine. I made a LOT, so I have at least one more dinner, too! Thanks for sharing! - 3/9/12


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    Good
    This was good.... but it made a lot. I would have halved the recipe. You have to REALLY love sweet potatoes to enjoy this. - 3/6/12


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    Incredible!
    Scrumptious! Kept the heat down with only 1 jalapeno and about half the red pepper flakes. Could have used more and I will increase in stages to suite me. Served with Naan and Ghee which complimented it beautifully. Cooked the green beans longer than the 15 mins called for. Delicious! Great recipe. - 3/5/12


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    Good
    Quite nice - my husband liked it better than me. - 2/28/12


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    How much peanut butter do you use? The ingredients list says "A 1/4 cup". Does that mean "about" 1/4 cup? 1 1/4 cups sounds like it would be too much. - 2/28/12


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    Very Good
    I have friends from Gahanna, have had a similar dish at their house. But she always cooks some with chicken or pork for the meat lovers. So I tried it with pork, added a few more spices.
    Very tasty. Everyone seems to like it. None left.
    - 2/28/12


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds great for my diet lifestyle. I will definitely make it tomorrow and freeze it in small serving portions as I am alone and do not want to eat the same thing for a whole week LOL thanks - 2/28/12


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds absolutely delicious. I have sweet potatoes and onions from last fall in cold storage that would be perfect! The only thing I need to pick up at the store are the jalapenos and cilantro. I know what we are having for dinner tomorrow!
    - 2/28/12


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    This sounds great!!! - 2/28/12


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    What is chickpeas? Im from Mexico City? Thankyou for your help - 2/28/12


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    Incredible!
    Excellent soup. For those who wanted meat, went well with pork chops on the side (was told this didn't have meat with my meal). Would probably be excellent with chicken on the side as well. I had mine with a side salad. Delish! - 2/26/12


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    Incredible!
    This was delicious, but it made a huge amount, even when I halved it. - 2/14/12


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    Incredible!
    Yummy, yummy, and I'll say it again, yummy! I will certainly fix this again and soon. Thank you for posting. - 2/12/12


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    Incredible!
    I loved this! We will definitely make it again! I added chili powder, skipped the ginger (was out) and jalapenos (don't like), and subbed carrots for the last 1/2 lb. of sweet potatoes as I didn't have enough. My husband (meat lover) ate with rice and didn't even miss the meat. Very filling alone. - 2/5/12


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    Incredible!
    Delicious. Easy to make, so easy I'm surprised it is as good as it is and it is great. - 11/19/11


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    Incredible!
    So flavorful and warming! I love it! - 11/7/11


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    Good
    This was different, but good. Think next time I will try the curry and leave the jalapeno with the seeds for a little more pep. - 11/3/11


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I do like this recipe. I will try it for the holidays - 11/1/11


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    Good
    taste great - 10/16/11


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    Incredible!
    Yes! - 10/11/11


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    Incredible!
    Can I give this 10 stars out of 5?!? I added 2 cups of vegetable broth instead of 1.5 and that seemed like too much. I tossed everything (except peanut butter) into a 6-qt slowcooker overnight on low and stirred in the peanut butter (+ 1/6 c shelled peanuts) in the morning. DELICIOUS! - 9/27/11


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    I bet this would be amazing with roasted goat.

    Does anyone happen to know from where in Africa this is?
    - 9/23/11


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    The kids didn't mind this tho they ususally don't like sweet potatoes. Was great. Will definitely make again. - 8/8/11


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    peanut butter - 1/2 tbsp - 7/2/11


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    Very Good
    It's a little spicy and the taste is a different but it is good. My son loves the flavor. - 5/5/11


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    Incredible!
    Wow, this was delicious! Hubby was skeptical when I said I wanted to make this vegetarian dish, but he loved it too! We served it over basmati rice to make it even more "hearty" and to soak up some of the liquid. We also cooked it in the crock pot all day. Thanks! - 5/4/11


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    Very Good
    I highly recommend the crockpot method... seems like it would be easy to prepare several at once and freeze.
    I also wanted more bite, so added some extra red chile powder. Excellent meal - will make again!
    - 3/1/11


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    Incredible!
    Wonderful! Used lentils instead of chick peas. I'll make this again! - 2/12/11


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    Incredible!
    WOW! Terrific recipe! I don't like ginger and substituted curry and black beans for chickpeas. Still an awesome dish! I think this is my new favorite. - 2/6/11


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    Very Good
    Subbed out sunflower seed butter for peanut butter due to son's allergies, and green chilis for the jalepenos, but still really good (toddler tested and approved!) - 2/5/11


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    Incredible!
    I strayed quite a bit from the recipe. I used leftover curry roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes. I added some pureed roasted red pepper/sour cream sauce and used a cardomon spice blend. I did use the peanut butter, and vegetable broth and cilantro. I will make it again and again, delicious - 1/10/11


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    Incredible!
    This recipe is incredible! It was so good and everybody in my house agrees, it is going to be made often! YUMMM!!! :) Thanks for the great recipe
    - 1/5/11


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    Good
    This tasted good but I probably won't make it again. It came out quite runny, maybe less water is needed for the slow cooker. I preferred some of the other vegetarian recipes like the chickpea curry and the Moroccan slow cooker stew. - 12/5/10


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    Incredible!
    Awesome recipe. I added carrots to the mix and found it to be an amazing dish. I served it over a mixture of quiona and whole wheat couscous for a filling and healthy meal. Amazing!!!! - 10/18/10


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    Very Good
    I really liked this! I halved the recipe because my husband doesn't like sweet potatoes, so I froze half and have had the other half twice now. Once with rice and once with naan bread. I loved it with the naan bread :) - 10/16/10


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    Incredible!
    OH my gosh - I love this recipe! I took some of the leftovers to work and everyone who tried it wanted the recipe. I did add a little curry powder, but otherwise I stuck with the recipe. My husband ate four bowls at dinner and had more the next day for lunch. I will definitely make it again. - 9/20/10


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    Incredible!
    We loved this! Great blend of spices, and it's even better warmed up the next day (if you've made enough to have leftovers, that is). - 9/14/10


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    Incredible!
    Love love love this dish!!! I've made this so many times now. It's definitely a regular in my house now. I get rave reviews and queries for recipes whenever I make this for friends. Thanks so much for posting this! - 8/4/10


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    Very Good
    Thanks! - 6/9/10