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Whole chickpeas, ample onions and tons of spice create a sensational vegetarian stew

Ethiopian Chickpea Stew

45 minutes

Ethiopian Chickpea Stew

Shiro wat is an Ethiopian stew made with ground dried legumes mixed with spices (a blend known as mitten shiro), along with aromatics, tomatoes and the spice blend called berbere. Meant to be served with injera (Ethiopian flatbread) and other dishes to comprise a complete meal, shiro wat is a thick, rustic puree. We loved the flavors, but wanted them as a stew hearty enough to be a vegetarian main, so we opted to use canned whole chickpeas and flavored them with many of the traditional seasonings and ingredients. Ground red lentils give our stew added earthiness while also acting as a thickener. As a cooking fat, we use Indian ghee, which approximates the flavor of Ethiopian fermented butter but is easier to find. Look for ghee in the supermarket grocery aisle near the coconut oil or in refrigerator aisle next to the butter. If you cannot find it, use salted butter in its place but also add 1 teaspoon white miso when adding the water.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to stir the stew after adding the ground lentils and the water. The lentils thicken the liquid and have a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan, so make sure to scrape along the bottom to prevent scorching.

45 minutes

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