Bolivian & Vegan: Sopa de maní (peanut soup)

Franca contacted me on Facebook. She read about my project and wanted to be the Bolivian part of „vegan international“. I liked that idea very much – as you know – I LOVE the South American cuisine.

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Veggi Franca lives in Sucre – one more reason why she is perfect to be part of my project!🙂 The cooking (via skype) with her was so funny and entertaining that we made out a second „cooking date“ allready. We want to make an Bolivian christmas cake then.

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But this time we made a delicious peanut soup called Sopa de maní which originally is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Sopa de maní is typically made with beef ribs or chicken, which we replaced with soy meat. But you don´t need to do that because it also works well with vegetables only. Just take the double amount of vegetables in the recipe and it will be fine and delicious without the soy cubes.

Sopa de maní

  • 1 cup fresh peanuts
  • 400 g soy cubes, soaked in hot water and drained
  • 1 big carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh green peas
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 – 5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 big tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper or more/to taste
  • some fresh parsley, chopped
  • peanut oil
  • salt & pepper

Place the peanuts in a blender or food processor. Blend them until you have a thick, relatively smooth paste – like peanut butter. You can add water if really necessary.

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Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add first the onion and garlic, later the carrot and the soy cubes. Cook until carrots are soft. Season with salt & pepper.

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Pour in about 3l water or vegetable stock. Add potatoes and peanuts. Add cumin and cayenne. Stir well. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 – 25 minutes.

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Add peas and tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

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Cook for another 5 minutes. Add parsley.

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¡Buen provecho!

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