Here’s a recipe for a popular Ethiopian dish called Doro Wat, which is a spicy chicken stew:


  • 2 pounds (about 1 kg) chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons berbere spice blend (can be found in Ethiopian or specialty stores, or you can make your own)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons clarified butter (niter kibbeh) or regular butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Hard-boiled eggs (optional, for serving)
  • Injera or rice (for serving)


  1. Heat the clarified butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until they become soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot and sauté for about a minute until fragrant.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the berbere spice blend, paprika, cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon. Add this spice mixture to the pot and stir well to coat the onions, garlic, and ginger.
  5. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and coat them with the spice mixture. Cook for a few minutes until the chicken starts to brown.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and chicken broth. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Stir occasionally and add more broth if needed to maintain the desired consistency.
  8. If desired, add peeled hard-boiled eggs to the stew during the last 15 minutes of cooking to let them soak up the flavors.
  9. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pot from heat. Serve the Doro Wat hot with injera (traditional Ethiopian flatbread) or rice.

Note: Ethiopian cuisine often incorporates injera, a sourdough flatbread made from fermented teff flour. You can find recipes for injera online or consider using store-bought injera as a side dish with your Doro Wat.

Enjoy your flavorful Ethiopian meal!



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