Peanuts, called groundnuts in West Africa, were adopted as a staple soon after their arrival from the New World. This sweet-and-savory soup gets its savoriness from Ajwain, and its peppery heat from Grains of Paradise. The soup is considered a comfort food — with many vegetarian, fish and meat variations — and usually features whole pieces when prepared with chicken.
Melt butter (or olive oil) in medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and stir frequently until browned, 5-7 minutes. Add onion, stirring until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add Grains of Paradise and Ajwain, stirring briefly to coat onion.
Add chicken stock, stirring up any chicken bits on bottom of pot, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer, stir in peanut butter, peanuts, tomatoes, Tabil, cubed yam, cider vinegar and coconut milk.
Simmer partially covered 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro. Pass Tabil at the table, so that guests may season to their individual tastes.
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