Mafe Recipe

Mafe Recipe

When I lived in Senegal one of my favorite meals was Mafe cooked by my sister Djibue.  Mafe is a traditional dish that is very similar to a stew made with a base of peanuts and tomatoes.  There are many different versions that vary by the amount of ingredients available and the cooks that are preparing them.  In the village we had a very basic Mafe that included very few extra ingredients, but in the city you could get a Mafe with loads of vegetables and meat.  On rare special occasions in the village Dijbue would add goat meat.  The recipe below is one that is similar to Djibue’s.  I watched her prepare this dish many times, but she never used measuring cups or spoons and it seemed to me like she never really seemed to make the dish the same way twice.  When I returned to the U.S. I combined my notes with recipes I found on the internet and have used this combination below when I want the taste that reminds me of my times living in the village.

MAFE Recipe 

Basic Ingredients

3 tablespoons of cooking oil

1 onion chopped

4 potatoes cut into large pieces

2 peeled tomatoes cut into sections

2 cups tomato sauce

1 cup peanut butter

Salt and pepper to taste

The above are the basic ingredients that you need.  If you have extra ingredients on hand you can add them.  Some suggestions are: Hot chili pepper, carrots, cabbage (cut up), any type of greens (chopped), turnips, squash, and/or stew meat (goat, beef, chicken, deer…whatever you prefer)


When preparing this dish I use a Dutch oven but you can use any pan that is deep enough to hold all of the finished ingredients. 

  • Add oil to a pan and sauté onions.
  • Add and sauté remaining vegetables.
  • Add tomato sauce and simmer until the vegetables are softened.
  • Mix in the peanut butter and stir until dissolved
  • Simmer again for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over a grain such as millet, rice or couscous.
By Eric Mattson, FRB Staff
06/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment