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Tikil Gomen

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

30 minutes


4 servings as a side



About the Recipe

Tikil Gomen is a simple yet flavorful vegetable dish featuring cabbage, potato, and carrots. 'Gomen' means 'cabbage' or 'kale,' while 'tikil' translates to 'rolled'. This mild option is commonly found in vegan-friendly Ethiopian restaurant menus, serving as an ideal complement to other dishes. This is one-pot recipe, perfect for weeknight simplicity and an ideal introduction to Ethiopian cuisine.


• Cabbage

• Carrots

• Potatoes

• Onions

• Oil

• Salt

• Garlic and ginger paste

• Turmeric

• Nech Qimmem

• Mekelesha

• Fresh chili


1. Sauté onions in a pan with oil and a bit of salt over medium heat.

2. Add garlic and ginger, cook for a couple of minutes, then incorporate turmeric, nech qimmem, and mekelesha. Cook for a few more minutes.

3. Add julienned carrots, cook briefly, then introduce the potatoes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

4. Add the sliced cabbage, mix everything, cover with a lid, and cook until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender.

5. Adjust seasoning, add fresh chili, and serve as a side with injera or your choice of grain.

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