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African sauces, soups, & stews characterized by their base ingredient and thickener

Sauces, Soups, Stews: Ingredient-Thickener Matrix

Stews, soups, and sauces simmering in a pot over a wood fire is the most traditional and typical mode of cooking in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the European-American tradition, stews are usually thickened with wheat flour or cornstarch. In Africa, three commonly used stew thickeners are: Egusi, Groundnuts, and Palm Nut fruit and oil.

type of dish

Egusi Groundnut Palm Nut
Egusi Sauce
Peanut Sauce
Moambé Sauce / Nyembwe Sauce
Palm Butter Soup
Chicken with Egusi
Chicken in Peanut-Tomato Sauce
Groundnut Stew
Muamba Nsusu
Poulet Moambé / Poulet Nyembwe
Palm-Oil Chop
Palm Butter Soup
Fish / Seafood

Fried Fish in Peanut Sauce
Ndolé Soup
Dahomey Fish Stew
Palm Butter Soup
Mbika with Meat
Egusi Soup
Palaver 'Sauce'
Palm Butter Soup

Greens with Green Pepper
Okra & Greens

Note that many dishes can be made with chicken, fish, or meat, or a combination of these, and that dried fish or shrimp is used as a flavoring in many dishes.

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