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Beef Stew (Wat) in Ethiopian Berbere Sauce


I discovered this spicy Ethiopian curry-like mix a few years ago and I just love it! I recently tried this (link here) amazing version I found on Amazon, delivered straight to my door!. You have to remeber that it's spicy! And full of flavour! So use it sparingly the first couple of times, adding or keeping some back until you know what you're dealing with and your personal preference. This is a great dish that becomes addictive and craveable. You could also use chicken, pork or even fish, but I particularly like the beef as it holds up to long cooking times that is essential to develop the flavour of the berbere and the carrots add a nice sweetness.

Here's what you'll need

  • 2 pound roasting beef (any size and cut you can get)
  • 1 large onions (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Ethiopian berbere spice mix (order from this link)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 whole head garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (roughly diced)
  • 1 pound carrots (scrubbed clean or peeled)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro and toated pine nuts to garnish (chopped)
  • salt and pepper

Here's how

  1. cube the beef into 2 inch pieces


  3. in a sautee pan, brown well on all sides, making sure not to over crowd the pan...this is an excercise in patience, but worth it!


  5. scoop out into a bowl...umami flavour!


  7. add a bit more oil to the pan, toss in the onions, red pepper and garlic, season well and cook until starting to brown (about 5 minutes)

  8. add the berbere spice mix and fry off for at least 10 minutes...don't skip this step, it's very important to get rid of that raw spice taste

  9. add the tomatoes and beef stock, cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for at least 2 hours, if it gets too dry, add a bit more water

  10. in the last hour, toss in the carrots and simmer uncovered, stirring it once in a while

  11. it's ready when the beef is falling apart and 80% of the liquid is gone, taste and season

  12. serve it up with some toasted pine nuts, fresh chopped cilantro, basmati rice and yogurt if you like


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