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Ethiopian Red Stew Base

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

40 minutes





About the Recipe

Unlock the captivating flavours of Ethiopian cuisine with our Ethiopian Spicy Stew Base. Whether you're a fan of robust meat stews or seeking vegan options, this base will transport your taste buds to the heart of Ethiopia. Prepare your favourite Ethiopian dishes using the Qey Wot Bundle and enjoy the rich and aromatic experience that Ethiopian cuisine has to offer.

Usage Suggestions:
Experience the true essence of Ethiopian cuisine by exploring the following flavoursome dishes:

Plant-based Dishes
Misir Wot:
Delight in Misir Wat, a vegan-friendly spicy lentil stew. Combine red lentils with our Spicy Stew Base, allowing them to simmer until creamy and bursting with flavours. Enjoy it as a main course or as a delightful side dish.

Dinich Wot:
Experience comfort in every bite with Dinich Wot, an Ethiopian potato stew that is both vegan and satisfying. Sauté potatoes, onions, garlic, and ginger in our Spicy Stew Base until the flavours meld together. Serve with injera, bread, or your preferred accompaniment.

Meat-based Dishes
Doro Wot:
Savour the bold and spicy flavours of Doro Wot, an Ethiopian chicken stew. Simmer chicken in our Spicy Stew Base until tender, allowing the aromatic spices to infuse the dish. Serve with traditional injera for an authentic Ethiopian feast.

Qey Wot:
Indulge in the rich and hearty Qey Wot, an Ethiopian beef stew. Slow-cook beef in our Spicy Stew Base until it reaches melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Accompany it with injera or rice for a satisfying and aromatic meal.


  • 2 tbs vegetable oil

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tbs ginger, grated

  • 2 tbs Amaarech berbere blend

  • 1 tsp Amaarech tikur qimmem blend

  • 1 tsp Amaarech mekelesha blend

  • 1 cup vegetable broth (divided)

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add chopped onions, salt and sauté until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

  2. Add vegetable oil and cook until onion is caramelised. Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot, cooking for another minute until fragrant.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add berbere and tikur qimmem spice blends to the pot. Stir well to coat the onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  4. Gradually add splashes of vegetable broth to the pot, stirring well to create a thick paste. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to develop flavours.

  5. Add tomato puree to the pot and stir to combine with the spice mixture. Cook for 2 minutes.

  6. Gradually add splashes of vegetable broth, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium-low, adjust spice levels if desired, and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally nd adding splashes of of vegetable broth.

  7. Remove from heat and let the stew base cool before using in your desired recipes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for longer storage.


  • When making your desired dish, add the mekelesha spice blend at the end before finishing your cooking to round out the flavours.

  • The Ethiopian Spicy Stew Base serves as a flavoursome foundation for various Ethiopian dishes. Follow specific recipes for Doro Wot, Qey Wot, Misir Wot, or Dinich Wot, adding the necessary ingredients to complete the meal.

  • Feel free to adjust the spice levels according to your taste preferences.

  • This base can be prepared in advance, making it convenient for meal planning and batch cooking.

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