Peanut soup
West African peanut soup with fufu
Alternative namesGroundnut soup
Region or stateAfrican cuisine
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsPeanuts, onions, tomatoes, aubergine, okra, ashanti pepper, ginger, bay leaves, rosemary, peanut butter, water

Peanut soup or groundnut soup is a soup made from peanuts, often with various other ingredients. It is a staple African cuisine but is also eaten in East Asia (Taiwan), the United States (mainly in Virginia)[1][2] and other areas around the world. It is also common in some regions, such as Argentina's northwest,[3][4] Bolivia[5] and Peru,[6] where it can sometimes be served with bone meat and hollow short pasta or fries. In Ghana it is often eaten with fufu, omo tuo and banku often very spicy.[7] Groundnut soup is also a native soup of the Benin (Edo) people in Nigeria and it is often eaten with pounded yam. [8][9][10] Some of the essential ingredients used in making it are: Ugu, Oziza leafs Piper guineense (uziza seed) and Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf).[11][12]

It is prepared from groundnut which is mashed into a paste,[13] usually termed as groundnut paste. When cooked, the groundnut is ashy pink in color. Groundnut soup is eaten with eba, fufu, banku, kenkey and so on.[14] It is a delicacy that Nigerian, Ghanaian and people in other African countries consume, such as in Sierra Leone.[15] In Ghana, it is known as nkatenkwan in Akan language and "Azidetsi" in Ewe language.


See also


  1. ^ Cathy (18 November 2012). "A Thanksgiving Recipe: Virginia Peanut Soup". National Peanut Board. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  2. ^ Collins, Geneva (9 May 2007). "Where Settlers, Slaves and Natives Converged, a Way of Eating Was Born". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  3. ^ ""Sopa de mani", el plato favorito de los norteños para festejar el Carnaval" ["Peanut Soup", the northerner's favorite dish to celebrate Carnival.]. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. ^ "Sopa de maní, la receta ideal para celebrar el jueves de ahijados" [Peanut Soup, the ideal recipe to celebrate Godchild Thursday]. (in Spanish). 14 February 2019. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  5. ^ "Sopa de Maní - Cochabamba Bolivia" [Peanut Soup - Cochabamba Bolivia]. Conoce Cochabamba Bolivia (in Spanish). 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  6. ^ "Sopa de Mani :: Gastronomía Perú" [Peanut Soup :: Gastronomy Peru]. Gastronomía Perú (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  7. ^ "Ghanaian groundnut soup – recipe". The Guardian. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  8. ^ "How to Cook Groundnut Soup". FoodieDame. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  9. ^ "Groundnut Soup - Omisagwe". Sisi Jemimah. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  10. ^ "How to prepare Cassava Fufu: Akpu". All Nigerian Food Recipes. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  11. ^ "Make groundnut soup the Edo way". Tribune Online. 2022-04-16. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  12. ^ "Groundnut Soup (Omisagwe)". My Active Kitchen. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  13. ^ Saffery, D. (2007). The Ghana Cookery Book. Jeppestown Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-9553936-6-2.
  14. ^ "Recipe of Ultimate Ground nut/peanut soup | Best Recipes". Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  15. ^ Anthropologist'S Cookbook. Taylor & Francis. 2012. p. 84. ISBN 978-1-136-16789-8.

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