Prawn Palava(4)

Prawn Palava is a fish stew with greens from West Africa and is one of the favourite dishes in the region. This version comes from Sierra Leone. The chipotle chilli flakes give it a slightly smoky flavour, but alternatively you could use a small piece of smoked fish.

Prawn Palava(4)
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Prawn Palava(4)
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  1. Put the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan and when hot add the onions and tomatoes. Cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, stirring.
  2. Turn the heat down and stir in the peanut butter and 300 ml of the water, mixing together well. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occassionally to prevent it burning.
  3. Add the rest of the water, the thyme sprig, chilli pepper and sea salt then stir in the chopped spinach. Cook over a moderate heat until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the prawns and the smoked fish if using. Cook, stirring , for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice or boiled yams.
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