Ndole is a stew from Cameroon featuring bitter leaf greens simmered in a rich, aromatic peanut sauce. Beef or prawns are often added for a heartier dish.
This version combines nutty peanut butter with tomatoes, spices, and greens for incredibly bold, complex flavors. The bitter greens balance beautifully with the rich, creamy sauce. With just 30 minutes of easy cooking, this African-inspired stew makes a satifsying weeknight meal.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound beef sirloin, cubed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-inch ginger, grated
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 2 cups chopped bitter leaf greens or kale
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Hot cooked rice or potatoes for serving
- Large pot with lid
- Wooden spoon
- Knife and cutting board
- Measuring cups and spoons
Start the Ndole
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook about 3 minutes until browned. Transfer to a plate.
- Add onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno. Cook 3 minutes until soft.
- Add bitter greens and cook 2 minutes more until wilted.
Simmer the Stew
- Add diced tomatoes, peanut butter, broth, tomato paste, and smoked paprika.
- Return beef to pot and stir. Bring to a simmer.
- Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender.
- Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve ndole stew over rice or potatoes. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings stew
- Use natural creamy peanut butter for the best flavor.
- Bitter greens provide an authentic flavor but kale also works.
- Add prawns or chicken for extra protein if desired.
- Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro or green onions.
- Adjust the spices to your taste – more ginger or jalapeno for heat, smoked paprika for smokiness.