This Ethiopian Chickpea Stew Will Warm Your Soul | SOUP SEASON

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Shiro Wat is amazing Ethiopian comfort food that is super easy to make! It’s the easiest chickpea soup recipe ever. We’ll learn to make Niter Kibbeh (spiced clarified butter) and injera (sour flatbread), what Berbere spice is, and how to recreate this soup when we can’t find the ingredients indigenous to Ethiopia. Enjoy this recipe interpretation with us!

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โ–บ Shiro Wat Recipe – yields about 10 servings

**Berbere Spice Mix**

In a small frying pan, toast on medium heat:

1 tsp whole cumin
1/2 tsp fenugreek
1 tsp black pepper
2 allspice berries
3 pieces green cardamom
2 tsp coriander seeds

Add into the grinder with:

3 Tbsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp salt

Grind into a fine powder

**Niter Kibbeh**

In a small saucepan, simmer:

250g butter
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 onion, roughly cut into thick slices
5 thick slices of ginger
5 pieces of green cardamom
2 pieces of black cardamom
3 cloves
25g of Thai basil
1 Tbsp dry basil
1/2 tsp mint
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric


In a big cast iron pan, toast over medium heat:
175g chickpea flour

Transfer flour into bowl and add:
1-2 tbsp of Berbere
500ml of water, have extra on hand

Whisk until fully incorporated.

In a pot, add:
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 large onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, grated or pureed
1 can of diced tomatoes

Add the chickpea flour mixture to the pot
Simmer for 10 minutes
Salt to taste
MSG to taste
1/8 cup of Niter Kibbeh

Top with chili, diced onion, tomatoes, and yogurt
Serve with Injera or Sourdough bread

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Written & Directed by Andong

Camera & Editing by Eypee Kaamiรฑo

Research & Production Support by Grace Phan-Nguyen

Video Chapters
0:29 | Ethiopian food culture and context
1:28 | Shiro Wat in Ethiopia
2:52 | Berbere Recipe
5:12 | Nitter Kibbeh
9:10 | Shiro Wat Recipe
14:00 | Injera Bread Alternative
15:37 | Tasting