Sopa de maní (Bolivian peanut soup)

This recipe
  • Serves: 6
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes

This recipe was generously passed on to me by Moisés, a Bolivian chef whose cookery school, La Boca Del Sabo, I attended whilst in the white city of Sucre. It aims to teach the many backpackers and tourists that are passing through about Bolivia's incredible larder of indigenous ingredients, as well sharing unique cooking techniques and traditions that are commonplace in many Bolivian kitchens.

Shopping list
  • Raw peanuts, 125g
  • Water, 3 litres
  • Turmeric, 2 tsp
  • Chicken breast bone, 1
  • Garlic, 2 cloves (finely chopped)
  • Onion, 1 (finely chopped)
  • Celery, 1 rib (finely chopped)
  • Red pepper, Half (finely chopped)
  • Carrot, 1 (finely chopped)
  • Cumin, 1/4 tsp
  • Sweet paprika, 1/2 tsp
  • Penne pasta, 2 large handfuls
  • Chicken breasts, 2 (cut into large pieces)
  • Large potatoes, 2 (cut into matchsticks)
  • Flat-leaf parsley, 20g
  1. Soak peanuts in cold water one night before. Remove skin. Using a grinder, grind the peanuts with a small amount of cold water to make a paste.
  2. Boil 3 litres of water in a pan. Add the peanut paste and turmeric and bring to the boil. Add chicken breast bone and heat for 30 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure it does not stick and burn or boil over.
  3. Add garlic, onion, celery, red pepper, carrot and stir. Add black pepper, cumin, sweet paprika, salt and stir for 15 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and stir. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the breast bone and add chicken breast pieces. Add sufficient boiling water to cover the chicken and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Taste and if necessary add more salt. For a soup with more of a liquid consistency, add extra boiling water.
  7. Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and fry the potato matchsticks for 10 minutes until crisp on the outside and soft inside.
  8. Serve the soup in a deep bowl. Top with French fries and garnish with chopped parsley. Buen provecho!