Are you looking for a flavourful and nutritious plant-based meal? Look no further than this delicious Ghanaian veggie recipe, packed with the rich cultural heritage of West Africa.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Bursting with flavour from an array of spices commonly used in West African cuisine.
- Easy to prepare and can be made with whatever veggies you have on hand.
- Nutritious and wholesome, perfect for anyone seeking to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp ginger paste or freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Assorted diced vegetables such as broccoli, butternut squash, carrots and frozen green beans. (Quantities detailed below.)
- Broccoli florets – one crown per person
- Butternut Squash – half a medium sized squash
- Carrots – three sticks
- Frozen Green Beans – two handfuls
How To Make This Recipe:
- In a large pot over medium-high heat drizzle oil and add onions. Sauté until translucent.
- Add minced garlic and ginger paste/grated ginger . Continue sautéing for another minute till fragrant then add your vegetables except frozen green beans if using fresh ones like I did otherwise cook using step five below.
- Let’s now season our dish by adding all the spices : ground cumin , smoked paprika , pinch of cayenne pepper (if using )and salt&pepper to taste .
- Cook covered on low-medium heat stirring occasionally along the way until veggies are tender but sturdy enough not to fall apart in soup broth .
- In the last five minutes of cooking, add in frozen green beans, cook until heated through.
- Serve hot with some steamed rice or quinoa to make a complete meal.
Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 25-30 minutes
- Ensure your veggies are diced into uniform size for even cooking.
- Use fresh ginger instead of ginger paste if available.
- You can use different vegetables depending on personal preference, but be mindful of cooking times/texture (i.e., sweet potato may take longer to cook than carrots).
Add coconut milk to give it a creamier texture and taste!
-The soup is delicious as is; however, you can also experiment with adding your favourite proteins such as grilled tofu, chickpeas or lentils to make it more substantial.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:
Cutting board and sharp knife
To Sum Up:
This Ghanaian veggie recipe is easy-to-make yet flavourful and nutritious, perfect for anyone seeking a hearty plant-based meal that can be customized according to their preferences!
Q: Are the recipes in this cookbook vegan?
A: Most of the recipes in this cookbook can be easily made vegan or adapted to fit a plant-based diet. The book includes a variety of vegetarian dishes, with some featuring dairy or eggs as optional ingredients.
Q: Can I find all the ingredients needed for these recipes at my local grocery store?
A: Many of the key ingredients used in traditional Ghanaian cooking may not be readily available at typical grocery stores, but can often be found at specialty markets or online retailers. However, many of the recipes in this book use common and easy-to-find vegetables like tomatoes and onions.
Q: Is it difficult to prepare these dishes if I’m not familiar with Ghanaian cuisine?
A: While some of the flavors and techniques used in Ghanaian cooking may be new to beginners, the author makes an effort to simplify and explain each step clearly in her recipe instructions. Additionally, many of the dishes feature familiar ingredients cooked using unique flavor combinations that make them both approachable and delicious for any home cook.