Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

This Ghanaian dish, called Nkatenkwan, is typically made with okra and peanut butter. 

Peanut Butter Soup With So Many Options

If these traditional ingredients don’t appeal to you, use other vegetables and/ or make it a clear soup. Chicken or other meat can be added optionally.

Grains of the Paradise

The spice kit includes grains of paradise. They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations
  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.
  • Without a food processor: chop onion and grate ginger. Only follow steps 6, 2, 8-10, in this order. Add remaining broth in step 2.
The Nkatenkwan Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Rosemary, bay leaves

[2] Grains of paradise

Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise
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Ghanaian Nkatenkwan
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
Prepare the vegetables
  1. Cut the vegetables in pieces that can be cooked in 10-15 minutes.
Cooking
  1. In a large POT, add 2 cups broth. Bring to boil.
  2. Add onions, ginger, tomato, okra or other vegetables, chicken (optional), salt to taste, and Nkatenkwan Spices [1]. Return to boil.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are cooked. Turn heat off.
  4. Scoop out some onions to use as garnish, and chicken (if used). Set aside.
Blend the vegetables
  1. Transfer soup to a FOOD PROCESSOR and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Add the peanut butter
  1. In the same POT, heat 2 cups broth. Add peanut butter to dissolve in the broth over low heat, stirring constantly.
Cook all together
  1. Add blended vegetable-soup.
  2. Add water if you want to make the soup more liquid. Cook soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Add onion slices and chicken (if used). Cook to reheat.
Finish up
  1. Sprinkle Nkatenkwan Spices [2] to taste on plated soup from a grinder or whole.
  2. Serve soup with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.