Amanda (bamboogeode) wrote in vegancooking,

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This is a West African dish that my girlfriend learned to make when she was in The Gambia this summer. I think it sometimes has seafood in it, but here's the vegan version.

Domoda (serves four hungry people)
1 cup peanut butter
5 cups water
3/4 large onion chopped fine
2 cubes jumbo
4 oz tomato sauce/paste
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper/chili poweder (adjust to taste)
a large pot full of rice (whatever your favorite is)

In a medium sauce pan (with room to boil up) mix peanut butter with water and set to boil. In a skillet add all the other ingredients (except rice) and cook until the onions are tender. Once the peanut butter mixture is boiling, let it boil for a few minutes before adding the tomato mixture. Continue boiling, being very careful as it tends to boil over, until the oil floats to the top and sauce is thick (it takes quite awhile sometimes). Serve in a large bowl over rice.

Notes: jumbo is a seasoning cube similar to boillon (sp? vegetable of course). You might be able to find it in an ethnic supermarket or online if you're really hardcore, but it's likely you'll have to find a substitute. I don't have much advice there and if anyone does try it, I would love to hear what works.

Also, there is a lot of oil in this dish, but it is only a fraction of what they use in The Gambia. There, it is their only source of vitamin A and really the only fatty thing in their diet. You can try cutting down the amount, but then I'm not sure if the oil seperation would work as well or if it would taste as good.

Finally, this dish is traditionally eaten communally. Everyone gets their own spoon and pulls the sauce from the middle of the bowl into a setion of rice on the outside of the bowl. It is also eaten alone (no bread, no side, no nothin').

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it when my girlfriend first told me about it, but now it's one of my favorite foods.
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