Groundnut paste is a staple in many West African cuisines, including Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Senegalese. Also known as peanut butter, groundnut paste is a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to sandwiches and snacks. In this recipe, we will show you how to make homemade groundnut paste that is free from additives and preservatives and tastes amazing.
- Oven or stovetop pan for roasting peanuts
- Food processor or blender for grinding peanuts
- Measuring spoons and cups
- A tablespoon or two of neutral oil (such as vegetable or sunflower oil)
- Salt or sugar (optional)
- Airtight container for storing the groundnut paste in the fridge or freezer.
To make groundnut paste, start by roasting shelled and unsalted peanuts in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can roast them in a dry pan over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
Once the peanuts are roasted, let them cool for a few minutes and then transfer them to a food processor or blender. Pulse the peanuts until they are finely ground, then add a tablespoon or two of neutral oil, such as vegetable or sunflower oil, to help the mixture come together. Continue blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the container as needed.
Store the groundnut paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or freeze it for longer storage. Groundnut paste is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different ways, such as a base for sauces and dips, a spread for toast or crackers, or a topping for ice cream and fruit.
Making homemade groundnut paste is easy. By using high-quality peanuts and controlling the ingredients, you can make a groundnut paste that is healthier and tastier than store-bought versions. Give it a try and experiment with different ways to use it in your cooking and baking!