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1 hr 30 mins
Every now and then someone requests Ethiopian recipes. Most of the easily available recipes are the traditional stews, and there are hundreds of individual variations of these recipes with the same name. In the Kitchen Information Forum you can find a short glossary of Ethiopian food terms. The word WAT means a stew, and the basic spice mixture used in almost all stews are BERBERE. The recipes are economical, easy and tasty, and always served with INJERA (flatbread). If you type "Injera" in the search line on Food.com you will find more than a dozen recipes. Make the Berbere spice mix first. Prep time tries to include making this spice mix from scratch, although it is available from specialty and Ethiopian stores.
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Berbere spice mixture
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 4 tablespoons hot pepper flakes, dried, red (60 ml)
- 2 tablespoons paprika (30 ml)
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or flakes)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon cardamom seed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 lbs beef, cut into 1 inch cubes (750 g)
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter or niter kibbeh, which is the real thing)
- 1 onion, small, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed
- 2 teaspoons berbere, spice
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups beef stock (500 ml, can use water)
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (or to taste)
- 1To make the Berbere spice mix: mix all the spices and toast in a dry, hot pan, shaking to prevent scorching. Cool the mixture, then grind into a powder. The small coffee bean grinder attachment often supplied with a processor is ideal for this. Save the leftover spice in a small glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
- 2* Berbere can be either a dry or a wet paste, and can be bought ready-made from Ethiopian or speciality food shops.
- 3To make the stew: Add the oil and ghee or butter to a pan over medium heat. (Niter kibbeh, the real thing, is a spice-infused clarified butter which is used as the frying medium for most Ethiopian dishes).
- 4Gently fry the onion until very soft and just about caramelised. Add the garlic, berbere spice, tomato paste and sugar, mix well, and cook until thick.
- 5Add a little of the stock (or water) to make a paste. Add the remaining liquid and the meat cubes, season with salt, and cook gently for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender and the sauce thickened and reduced.
- 6Serve with injera, the Ethiopian flatbread. If correctly made and almost crispy, pieces can be used as eating utensils.
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Nutritional Facts for Ethiopian Spicy Beef Stew (Key Wat)
Serving Size: 1 (242 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1373.2
- Calories from Fat 1249
- Total Fat 138.8 g
- Saturated Fat 55.8 g
- Cholesterol 184.9 mg
- Sodium 1726.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 15.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
- Sugars 4.2 g
- Protein 18.0 g
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