Shiro Wot Recipe | An Ethiopian Delicacy

Shiro wot recipie

March 13, 2022

Ethiopian Food is one of the aspects of Ethiopian culture that makes the country famous. Ethiopia has a rich food culture, with various cuisines suitable to any person’s choice. Of these dishes, Shiro Wot is arguably the most popular. Shiro is a thick stew prepared from ground chickpeas. It is usually a vegan dish and is used during fasting seasons. However, one can adjust the meal to their preferences by adding meat and butter. And the best thing about it is that you can prepare it easily at home.

Thus gluten-free meal is quite durable. It doesn’t take much of your effort and time to prepare. You can boil a pot of water, add the Shiro, and after some salt, BOOM! You have a whole pot of Shiro-Wot. Of course, to get the best possible results, you have to do more than that.

Shiro wot recipie

Shiro Wot Recipe

Ingredients (Things you need to make shiro wot)

  • Shiro-powder – the crucial ingredient in Shiro-Wot. It can be found in Ethiopian supermarkets worldwide. But, if you want a little adventure, you can prepare it yourself. All you need is chickpeas, some salt, and preferably, some Berbere. After removing their skin, dry roast the chickpeas along with the salt and Berbere. You can then add it to a food processor to grind it, and you’ll have an easily made Shiro Powder.
  • Berbere (An Ethiopian chile powder that can also be found in Ethiopian supermarkets)
  • Oil (Sunflower, Olive whichever you prefer)
  • Water
  • Onions
  • Tomato Paste
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Beef [Optional]
  • Spiced-Butter [Optional]


  1. After heating a medium-sized pan or pot, add the oil of your choice and heat it for some seconds.
  2. Dice your onions and add them to your pan. Let them cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste after dicing them. If you like your Shiro with meat, you can chop and add them to your mixture. After 10 minutes, add three cups of water and let it boil.
  4. You can now add the Shiro Powder. Make sure to stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  5. Finish off by adding some salt and garlic. As an option, you can also add your spiced butter.
  6. Serve on a plate of Injera and enjoy.

Generally, it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare a pot of Shiro-Wot. You can have a delicious, healthy, and filling delicacy in a short amount of time. Ethiopian cuisine is served with foods like these, so be sure to check them out,

If you want a video tutorial, watch the video below.

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Written by Kidus - Typical Ethiopian Team

Kidus is a passionate content creator and a winner of Blog4dev 2021 competition. He is also one of authors.

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