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 sprig, peanut butter, water

Peanut soup or groundnut soup is a soup made from peanuts, often with various other ingredients. It is a staple of 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 various Latin American regions, such as Argentina,[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 or omo tuo.[7] Groundnut soup is also a native soup of the Benin (Edo) people in Nigeria and it is often eaten with pounded yam. Some of the essential ingredients used in making it are Piper guineense (uziza seed) and Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf).

It is a delicacy that is prepared from groundnut which is mashed into a paste,[8] usually termed as groundnut paste. Groundnut soup is eaten with fufu, banku, kenkey and so on. It is a delicacy that Ghanaian and people in other African countries consume, such as in Sierra Leone.[9] It is popularly known by Ghanaians in an Akan language called Nkatenkwan.


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 northener'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). 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. ^ Saffery, D. (2007). The Ghana Cookery Book. Jeppestown Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-9553936-6-2.
  9. ^ Anthropologist'S Cookbook. Taylor & Francis. 2012. p. 84. ISBN 978-1-136-16789-8.

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