Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tekil Gomen (Cabbage, Potatoes & Carrots)

served with injera & kik alicha
I know, it's beginning to look a lot like Ethiopian week, but this is the last recipe (at least for a while). I just figured that if I was going to defrost the injera anyway, I might as well make at least two dishes to make it worth my while. So here is my other favorite Ethiopian recipe. You can make it without the niter kibbeh (spiced clarified butter), but I do recommend using it (it really adds a wonderful complexity and depth of flavor).

Yield: 6 servings

1/2 cup niter kibbeh or olive oil (if using olive oil, double the spices)
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 lb. shredded cabbage (about 1/2 head)
5 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1.      Melt niter kibbeh in a large pot over medium heat. Add the carrots and onion and cook for 5 minutes.
2.      Stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric and cabbage; cook for another 15 to 20 minutes.
3.      Add potatoes and cover (do not add water, the vegetables release enough water on their own). Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.

slightly adapted from "Ethiopian Cabbage Dish" from

melting the niter kibbeh
onions, carrots and cabbage
onions, carrots and cabbage after 20 minutes
potatoes added and cooked
scooping it up with injera


Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat) said...

I will now begin a chant in favor of an Ethiopian week: Ehhem... "Ethiopian Week! Ethiopian Week! Ethiopian Week! Ethiopian Week!" 'Nuf said.

Seriously, this is good. I make it a lot, from your recipe. But seriously, you've got to finish off the week. There was some mighty fine Shrio and Spiced Beef (can't remember the Ethiopian name) that you have to share.

Ethiopian Week!

Susan said...

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but the shiro and beef tibs will have to wait (I just don't have the ingredients or time to go grocery shopping today). I promise I'll post those another time!

Randi said...

I second the call for an entire Ethiopian week. Inspiring!

Andria Crowjoy said...

I'll jump on the Ethiopian week parade! I do love a parade.

Do you remember our first Ethiopian food (I think it was your first, too)?

Susan said...

I have a vague recollection (it was in Wash, DC right?).

Andria Crowjoy said...

Yep! The waitress dropped our tray of food and fell over laughing. We may have been buying her drinks.

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