This is an easy, authentic dish from South Asia that appeals to a wide range of tastes. The combination of ingredients may appear unusual, but even those shy to experiment with new flavors love this one. Vegan-friendly!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place rice and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rice is tender and water has absorbed, about 30 minutes.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and golden, stirring frequently. Add garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, and season with cayenne pepper. Increase heat to medium, and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in peanut butter and heat through. The mixture will thicken. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts

503.8 calories; 16.1 g protein; 54.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 321.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
Really yummy! I skipped the cayenne since I have 2 smally kids but it was still so good. I also added a splash of soy sauce once I turned off the heat. I served over rice with FRESH basil on top. Its a keeper. Thanks!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/12/2005
Enjoyed trying this one out with just a few minor variations for personal preference. 1. reduced peanut butter to 1/3 cup max. 2. added a handful of cashew chunks 3. added salt to taste 4. added hot chilie powder to taste 5. used freshly stewed rather than canned tomatoes (4 extra large) This sauce is excellent over a bed of plain stewed spinach. Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
Really yummy! I skipped the cayenne since I have 2 smally kids but it was still so good. I also added a splash of soy sauce once I turned off the heat. I served over rice with FRESH basil on top. Its a keeper. Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
Really yummy! I skipped the cayenne since I have 2 smally kids but it was still so good. I also added a splash of soy sauce once I turned off the heat. I served over rice with FRESH basil on top. Its a keeper. Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2004
I thought this was really good and surprisingly my husband did too. Easy to make and I had everything in my kitchen/pantry. I gave it a 4 because I reserve 5's for the very very very best. I will make this again. I LOVE this website!! Thanks! I'm editing my previous post and making this a 5 star rating. I really like grainy things. In particular sometimes beans and rice is really great and very satisfying. This is very satisfying in the same way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2005
I just ate this with my family and everyone thought it was great! The only comment my mom had was that she would've added a little salt but she could just sprinkle some on at the table. I added chickpeas but think it would've been just fine by itself as well. Easy to make and I would reccomend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2004
Delicious! Cook rice according to the package though this was too much water for my brown rice. Also I added chickpeas. LOVE it! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2005
This stew is surprisingly quick and easy to cook. It will impress your family and friends if they love Indian food because it tastes so complex and captures just the right flavors and fragrances of good Indian cuisine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/12/2005
Enjoyed trying this one out with just a few minor variations for personal preference. 1. reduced peanut butter to 1/3 cup max. 2. added a handful of cashew chunks 3. added salt to taste 4. added hot chilie powder to taste 5. used freshly stewed rather than canned tomatoes (4 extra large) This sauce is excellent over a bed of plain stewed spinach. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2008
Almost has a vodka sauce-like color and taste. Had a slight nutty sweet taste. I added some peas and dry-roasted peanuts. Only used 1/2 cup peanut butter and was perfect! Used ground ginger so only used 1 tbsp and still had a nice mild spiciness. So easy and quick! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2008
I made it as per recipe and the peanut butter was far too overpowering and made the dish very dry. Next time I'll cut the peanut butter in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2011
This was fantastic - I modified it a little. I added a heaping 1/3 tsp of cayenne pepper - and 3/4 cup of peanut butter. It was very very good. I'm going to make this again for sure. Read More
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