Mafé is the name for peanut sauce in Senegal. To me, it is the ultimate comfort food and one of my favorite sauces to eat with fonio. I like it mildly spicy. You can add chopped okra, which adds a bit more rich, thick texture to the sauce. Here, I serve it simply with lamb chops and grilled asparagus, but mafé is a versatile sauce so the choice of meat and vegetables can vary.
This particular recipe was inspired by a dish prepared by Mañima Camara when I visited her in Hainou Salam, a lush and peaceful hamlet located in Sedhiou in South Senegal, a region that is considered the breadbasket of Senegal.