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Ethiopian Stewed Vegetables with Garlic, Ginger and Turmeric

4 to 6 Servings
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This is our version of the Ethiopian vegetable dish called atakilt wat. It’s a mix of humble vegetables—onion, potatoes, carrots and cabbage—cooked with a good dose of aromatics, earthy turmeric and cumin, and a solid measure of butter so the flavors are full and round. If you can find ghee, a type of clarified butter common in Indian cooking, use an equal amount in place of the salted butter. Its taste is nuttier and richer than standard butter because the milk solids were allowed to brown before being separated from the fat, so it adds complexity and flavor nuances. Ghee is sold in jars either in the refrigerator aisle next to the butter or in the grocery section near the coconut oil. This makes a great side to seared or grilled fish, or serve it with stewed lentils and flatbread (Ethiopian injera, if you can get some) for a vegetarian meal.


Don’t use russet potatoes in this recipe. They’re higher in starch, so they break down more easily with cooking and tend to have a mealy texture. Yukon Golds work well because of their medium starchiness and buttery color and flavor.


  • 4

    tablespoons salted butter or ghee

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, chopped


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Joi H.
November 21, 2022
Easy and Delicious
Discovered a similar dish at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. Was delighted that this satisfied our cravings when we can't be in Michigan.
Jan B.
July 5, 2022
Wonderful flavors!
This is a delicious vegetarian dish. I ate half of a full recipe for lunch and look forward to more tomorrow!
Katherine K.
July 12, 2022
Okay but not great
Meh! My veggies were all farm fresh but took much longer to cook down to fork tender. That said, the flavors were good, would have used more ginger. It served four of us as a main vegetarian meal; I think it’s more appropriate as a side. I might make again, especially in cooler months as it really came across as a winter meal.