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Ethiopian: Chickpea Wat April 3, 2012

Filed under: Main Dishes,Uncategorized — kshrgirl @ 11:35 am

Ethiopian food is great for vegetarians, there are a lot of options to choose from. Injera bread is unique and delicious, although it can be difficult to make at home. Here is a Wat recipe to get you started if you’re thinking about trying Ethiopian food at home.

Ethiopian Chickpea Wat


* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 large red onion, finely chopped
* 2 carrots, finely chopped
* 1 potato, peeled and chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and potato, cover and cook 10 minutes longer.
2. Remove and cover and stir in cayenne, paprika, ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, cardamom and tomato paste. Add chickpeas and water and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender and the flavor is developed, about 30 minutes, adding a bit more water if needed. About 10 minutes before the stew is ready, stir in green peas and taste to adjust seasonings.