How to Make Binyebwa

  • 01 of 07

    What is Binyebwa?

    Groundnut. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    Uganda has a variety of groundnuts which are characteristic of having red skin. They are ground then used to make a sauce to compliment mashed matoke. The sauce is known as binyebwa. When you look at the appearance of the groundnuts, you will notice a slightly reddish-gray hue. When the binyebwa is cooked, it is smooth and slightly ashy pink.

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  • 02 of 07

    Characteristics of the Groundnut Powder

    Groundnut Powder from Uganda
    Groundnut Powder from Uganda. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    When ground, it does not resemble peanut butter mainly due to the fact that peanut butter is made from roasted peanuts whereas the nuts used for binyebwa are raw groundnuts.

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  • 03 of 07

    Gather the Ingredients

    Onions and Groundnut
    Onions and Groundnut. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    Virtually only 4 ingredients are required, no garlic or additional spice is necessary to make the binyebwa. You will need:

    • 1.5 cups groundnut (pulverized into a grainy powder)
    • 1/4 of an onion
    • 2.5 cups water
    • Salt (to taste)
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  • 04 of 07

    Mix the Ingredients

    Mixing Groundnuts with Water
    Mixing Groundnuts with Water. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    In a small saucepan, mix together the groundnut, onion, water, and salt. Even though the groundnut powder is grainy and oily, you will find that the water immediately begins to mix quite well with the groundnut and forms a paste before the heat is turned on. 

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  • 05 of 07

    Cook the Binyebwa on Low to Medium Heat

    Binyebwa. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    Place the pot on the stove top. Once it has been brought to the boil, reduce the heat to a low to medium flame and allow to simmer for 25 minutes This dish needs to be stirred quite regularly in order to prevent lumps and avoid burning and sticking to the bottom of the pot. If the sauce appears to be too thick to your liking, you may add boiling water to the sauce until it reaches the desired consistency.

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  • 06 of 07

    Oil Seperates

    Groundnut Oil on Groundnut Sauce
    Groundnut Oil on Groundnut Sauce. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    After 25 minutes, the sauce is cooked and you will find that the naturally occurring groundnut oil has separated and rises to the top of the sauce. When this happens, you can be confident that the sauce has cooked for long enough. Undercooking the raw groundnuts can cause an upset stomach if eaten.

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  • 07 of 07

    Serve Binyebwa in a Number of Ways

    Binyebwa With Added Spinach
    Binyebwa With Added Spinach. The Spruce / F. Muyambo

    Once the binyebwa is ready, serve it alongside the mashed matoke. There are different ways to serve this dish. If you have dried fish to hand, it makes a great addition and enhances the flavor of the groundnut sauce. Another way of serving the binyebwa is by mixing in dried pumpkin leaves, known locally as dodo, a few minutes before you finish cooking the peanut sauce. Cassava leaves can also be used as an addition to the binyebwa.