<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
<!– Front page sidebar –>
<ins class=”adsbygoogle”
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Food of the Sudan

Food of the Sudan

Sudanese Beef Stew

Sudan is another country influenced by African, Arabic and colonial cultures. Indigenous peoples had grains and root vegetables, as well as native proteins.

Arab settlers brought new flavors and ingredients from the Levant, but the cuisine is still predominantly simple porridges and breads, filled out with soups and stews. This is typical of the region, where fuel can be hard to find.

The Special Broadcasting System in Australia (a source of multicultural and diversity-focused information) presented a recipe for a typical Sudanese stew of beef, peanuts and spinach. I adapted the recipe and added more bold flavors using traditional ingredients.

The stew includes native ingredients such as sweet potatoes and peanuts (known to most of the world as the African Ground Nut). Served with a grain, it is filling and nutritious.


3 tablespoons olive oil;

1 1/2 pounds trimmed beef (chuck or sirloin roast) 3/4 inch dice;

1 large onion, finely diced (about 2 cups);

5 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons);

2 tablespoons tomato paste;

2 quarts homemade or reduced-sodium beef stock;

1 sweet potato, 3/4 inch dice (about 3 cups);

2 bunches spinach, rinsed and rough chopped (or 12-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained);

2 large tomatoes, diced (or 12-ounce can);

3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, ground smooth (plus more for garnish);

Salt and pepper to taste;

2 teaspoons ground ginger;

1teaspoon dried thyme;

1 teaspoon rubbed sage;

Spinach leaves, fresh parsley, green onion or other fresh herbs for garnish;

Grain (rice, couscous, millet) to serve

Brown the beef in 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven or pot. Remove the beef and sauté the onions, garlic and tomato paste in the remaining oil with some salt and pepper. Deglaze with the stock and bring to a simmer.

Start the side starch at this time. Wilt the spinach in another pan and drain well. Add the spinach, tomatoes and seasonings to the stew and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Adjust seasoning and serve over the starch, garnishing each bowl with peanuts, julienned spinach and fresh herbs.

To cook hulled millet, a native African food source and one of the oldest domesticated grains, toast one cup of millet in a hot pan with 2 teaspoons butter or oil, stirring constantly for at least three minutes. The toasting grains will give off a nutty aroma.

Add twice the volume of water or stock, some salt (and a pinch of saffron if you like) and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a bare simmer and allow the millet to absorb most of the liquid (about 20 minutes). Move the covered pot off the heat and let it sit for an additional 10 minutes to finish cooking.

Fluff the millet with a fork and add any additional seasonings. Serve warm, as millet does not hold well once cooked. Try not to stir the millet once the liquid is added, as millet can disintegrate and become gummy.

This is a great option for gluten-free cooking. Combined with cooked beans, it is a complete protein, perfect for vegetarians or vegans who need amino acids in their diets.

The following two tabs change content below.
Steve “Mo” Fye is an Instructional Tech in the Culinary Arts program at Central New Mexico Community College and has been known to giggle after making a low-fat, gluten-free, low-cholesterol dish and eating it with a sauce he knows will blow his diet for days.

Latest posts by Steve "Mo" Fye (see all)


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • Food of the Sudan: Sudanese Beef Stew
    March 25, 2017, 10:18 pm

    […] By Steve “Mo” Fye ABQ Free Press […]

  • Private equity attorney
    May 27, 2018, 5:45 pm

    I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!

  • free mp3 converter
    June 11, 2018, 11:37 pm

    On the off chance that you are still in look for online clubhouse, check Google and perceive what number of they are, simply sitting. hopa

  • internet marketing company
    July 26, 2018, 5:45 am

    I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!

  • Cheapest homeowners insurance
    August 3, 2018, 5:15 am

    Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks

The following two tabs change content below.
Albuquerque’s definitive alternative newspaper publishing an inquisitive, modern approach to the news and entertainment stories that matter most to New Mexicans. ABQ Free Press’ fresh voice speaks to insightful and involved professionals who care deeply about our community.