Cook's Hideout: Uganda -- G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)

September 24, 2014

Uganda -- G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days
Country: U for Uganda
Dish: G-Nut Sauce
We are going to Uganda today. It is a landlocked country in East Africa. Ugandan cuisine is influenced by English, Arab, Asian and especially Indian cuisines. Main dishes are usually centered on a sauce or stew of groundnuts/ peanuts, beans or meat.The starch traditionally comes from Ugali (maize meal) in the North and East or Matoke (boiled and mashed green banana) in Central, or a Millet Ugali in the west.
Many tribes in Uganda have their own specialty dish or delicacy. Many dishes include starchy vegetables like Cassava, yam and African sweet potato. Various leafy greens are grown in Uganda.Fruits such as pineapple and bananas are plentiful.
Uganda -- G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)

Peanuts or Groundnuts are very important staple and this peanut sauce is the most commonly eaten one. It is eaten plain or mixed with smoked fish, smoked meat or mushrooms and can also be mixed with greens.
Uganda -- G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)
I saw the recipe for this dish in Vegetarian times magazine. It is a very simple dish with few ingredients, but they all work together to make a very tasty and filling dish. Traditionally this dish is served with starchy vegetables like potatoes or green bananas, but I served it over some white rice.
Uganda -- Special G-nut sauce
Recipe from Vegetarian Times from here:
Groundnut Special Sauce:
Smooth Peanut butter - 2½tbsp
Low sodium vegetable stock - ½cup
Lemon juice - 1tsp
Tomato Paste - 2tsp
Garlic - 1 clove, finely minced
Salt - to taste

Other Ingredients:
Sweet Potatoes - 2 medium
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Cooked Chickpeas - ½cup
Fresh Spinach - 2~3cups
Ground Cumin - 1tsp
Lemon juice - ½tsp
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Roasted peanuts - ¼cup
Salt - to taste


  • To make G-Nut Special Sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pan, and simmer over low heat for 1~2 minutes.
  • For the Sweet Potatoes: Boil or microwave the sweet potatoes until soft. Let cool. Once cooled, scoop the flesh out of the sweet potato into bowl, and mash with cumin, lemon juice, salt and turmeric. 
  • For Spinach & Chickpeas: In the meantime, heat 2tsp peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onions and saute until the onions are starting to brown around the edges, about 4~5 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach, lower the heat and cook for 3~5 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  • To Serve: Ladle Sweet potao mixture into 2 bowls. Top with chickpea-spinach mixture and cover with g-nut special sauce. Garnish with peanuts and serve warm.
Uganda -- G-Nut Sauce (Ugandan Peanut Sauce with Chickpeas)

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  1. That's an interesting combination of ingredients are always so inviting!

  2. Spinach and chickpeas seems to be a nice combination and served with g-nut sauce looks delicious.

  3. I love peanut sauces. this looks delicous

  4. The picture and name sounds so simple one would never guess it is made in three parts and assembled. Nicely done.

  5. Wow, looks fabulous, last click is just inviting me to finish that healthy and filling meal.. Peanut sauce looks very delicious and catchy.

  6. I am gazing at the pics and the the color combination of the looks so pretty...the greens with those tiny little balls and then a contrasting looks like an artists work. Trust me I am enjoying the dish a lot.

  7. Love the color of the G-nut sauce!

  8. When I was searching for the recipes during this marathon and came across this peanut sauce and peanut soup (can't remember now from where), they sounded intriguing.
    Your's has a vibrant hue and probably works well with our Indian breakfasts too.

  9. Looks yum. The pics are awesome. I am having a difficult time making up my mind drool over the pics or the recipe. Delicious choice.

  10. The dish looks very vibrant and very tempting too.Love those ingredients :)

  11. peanuts are used so much in African cuisine - this sauce is my kind of sauce!!!

  12. omg mouthwatering peanut sauce and tempting me dear :) Fabulous clicks again !!

  13. Chickpeas with peanut sauce makes it deliciously good.

  14. Sauce looks delicious and your pictures are amazing.


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