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African Sweet Potato, Teff, and Greens Stew

Hands-on time 50 mins
Total time 50 mins

Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Tiny teff grains swell and thicken this delicious vegetarian stew. It gets its flavor from Berbere seasoning, a spicy Ethiopian flavoring that typically includes ground chiles, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, turmeric, and more. Look at the label closely; if the kind you buy includes salt, you’ll need to decrease the amount of salt added at the end.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Berbere spice blend
  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable stock (such as Kitchen Basics)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked teff
  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 cups thinly sliced trimmed collard greens
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 281
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 4.3 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 45 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • sugars 8 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 1 g
  • cholesterol 0 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 574 mg
  • calcium 143 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Berbere spice blend; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock, 1 cup water, teff, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add greens; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until greens wilt and sweet potatoes are tender. Add peanut butter and salt, stirring well. Ladle stew into bowls. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cook's Notes

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Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, March, 2016, Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice;