Ethiopian Chickpea Wat

By Mick Spillane


This simple Ethiopian dish is full of unique and complex flavors, and a welcome spiciness. Because injera is difficult to make, I like to serve it with roti.



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 ½ 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.



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