What is shiro?
Shiro is one of the easiest Ethiopian foods that you can make. The cooking process shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. Shiro is a stew made from chickpea powder. Today I will be showing you how to make a spicy (sort of) Shiro stew.
Ingredients you need:
1 cup of shiro powder. You can find the powder in any Ethiopian store as well as Farmer’s market. If you can’t find it in your town, you can always order it online.
1tbsp of garlic and ginger paste. (If you don’t have the paste, you can always add garlic powder or chopped garlic. I just prefer the paste.)
6 tbsps. of canola oil. (If you don’t have canola oil, you can use vegetable or olive oil)
3.5 cups of water. (I prefer my shiro to be a bit thicker. If you want to thin it out add some more water, but remember this is a stew not a soup so don’t make it too watery.)
2 tbsps. of Berbere. Again, you can find Berbere at an Ethiopian store or online.
Add salt as needed.
- In a medium pot add the chopped onion. Let them cook for 30 seconds before adding 1 teaspoon on water. Let it cook for further 15 seconds.
- Add 6tbsp of your preferred cooking oil and the 1tbsp of garlic and ginger paste. Let that cook for 2 minutes. Make sure to add a bit of water and stir, so it doesn’t stick!
- Add 2tbsp of Berbere. If you want to make it a bit spicier add more. Make sure to stir and add a bit water, so it doesn’t stick! Let that cook for another 1:30 minutes.
- Add the 3.5 of cups of water. Close the lid and wait until the water has boiled.
- Add shiro powder. Remember to stir otherwise the powder will clump up.
- After the powder is completely dissolved, close the lid and let it cook for 4 minutes.
- Serve with Injera.
Like I said earlier this is a super easy recipe to make for a quick lunch or even dinner. Do you have an Ethiopian food that you’re dying to learn how to cook? Let me know in the comments below.