Quarantine Recipes: West African Rooster Curry


One factor that hasn’t modified in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is the necessity to eat. Staying residence has inspired some to excellent their culinary abilities whereas others have cracked open cookbooks for the primary time. 

To offer you some kitchen inspiration, Trendy Farmer is asking high cooks what they’ve been cooking whereas staying remoted. This week, our writer, Frank Giustra, weighs in with a spicy peanut butter West African rooster curry.

If I have been on a desert island and supplied just one bag of groceries, it might embody canned tomatoes, pasta, olive oil and a few jars of peanut butter (no bread wanted). 

Peanut butter is a kid-favorite that appears to observe most of us into maturity. It’s not solely tasty, however nutritious, and like many health-conscious folks lately, I ultimately transitioned from the sugary manufacturers, to the extra pure alternatives. Whereas I really like the stuff, I have to admit that I paused for a second when the workforce at Acceso—a corporation I based to seek out entrepreneurial options to world poverty—instructed we produce a spicy peanut butter in Haiti. 

Since 2014, Acceso has been working to carry 1000’s of Haitian farmers out of poverty by constructing the biggest formal community of smallholder farmers in Haiti, and changing into the biggest provider of native peanuts on the island. To construct on this success, the workforce wished to promote a spicy peanut butter utilizing scotch bonnet peppers and peanuts grown by these Haitian farmers to customers within the US. After a couple of years of perfecting a recipe, conducting style checks in Haiti and New York, and ideating round a reputation and design, Lavi Spicy Peanut Butter was born. “Lavi” means “life” in Haitian Creole and Acceso’s intent with this title was to seize the colourful, life-loving tradition of Haiti in a brand new and thrilling product. We launched Lavi within the US on the finish of 2019. 

Lavi is now producing a brand new supply of revenue for these farmers, and on high of that, for every jar bought, a peanut-based nutritious snack is supplied to a baby in Haiti by Acceso Haiti’s college meals program.

Spicy peanut butter, or mamba, is a standard condiment in Haiti that’s bought on road corners within the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. It’s usually savoury and sizzling, in contrast to the candy peanut butters we are likely to eat within the US. As I’ve discovered extra about mamba, I’ve tried some conventional Haitian and West African recipes that embody this distinctive ingredient. Lately, I attempted a recipe for Rooster Mafé, a West African dish that’s culturally near Haitian cooking, which I discovered in NYT Cooking

I adopted the recipe, however, as I used to be out within the countryside, I didn’t have entry to cabbage, carrots and tomato paste on that specific day. I did the very best I might by thickening canned tomatoes and including inexperienced beans. In the meantime, my girlfriend determined to create a second dish, which was extra of a rooster curry type recipe, additionally utilizing spicy peanut butter. 

The ensuing dishes have been each very tasty, and we had them once more for leftovers the next night time. My girlfriend’s dish had extra of a peanut butter style and was spicier than mine, though we used equal quantities of peanut butter. At first, I believed this was as a result of further spices she had used, however was later informed by a chef buddy of ours that I had added too many potatoes. Apparently, potatoes take up numerous the warmth from spices. Our buddy additionally instructed we add lime juice (cherry tomatoes work as effectively) for acidity which helps stability and improve the flavors. We added lime juice on the leftovers and I have to admit, it made a giant distinction. 

West African rooster curry 

four rooster thighs
1 onion
four massive garlic cloves
three inches ginger
1 pink pepper
2 candy potatoes
1 Yukon gold potato
1 pack inexperienced string beans
5 chopped runner beans
Fish sauce
1 tin chopped tomatoes
½ pint Rooster inventory
½ jar of spicy peanut butter
1 lime
½ cup gentle coconut milk
1 massive handful of chopped recent coriander
*we advise that you just use spices in portions to your desire because the measurements used on this recipe have been eyeballed 

Chop the garlic cloves into small items. Combine half of them with the oil, honey, lime, salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin and paprika. Add these to a zipper lock bag and therapeutic massage the rooster in till lined fully. Depart this to marinate for no less than one hour, and ideally in a single day if potential.

Chop the potatoes into cubes and the opposite greens roughly into an identical measurement.

Add them to a pan, together with the onions, ginger, and the remainder of the garlic. Fry for 30 seconds to launch the aroma in a light-weight oil, after which add chopped tomatoes, the rooster inventory, fish sauce, peanut butter and coconut milk. As soon as simmering, add the prepared marinated rooster thighs and the veg.

Gradual cook dinner this for 45 minutes to an hour on excessive.

As soon as the rooster is cooked by, add roughly chopped recent parsley and the lime juice. Season it with salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric to style.