Shiro wat is my favourite Ethiopian dish. This richly spiced and thick soup is amazingly delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make, so if you plan on making injera flatbread, then you should definitely make chickpea shiro wat to go with it!
The easiest way to make shiro wat is to head down to your local Ethiopian grocer and buy shiro powder (affiliate link) and add some onions and garlic. However, if you would like to adjust the spices or want to turn down the heat a little, then I recommend making a quick chickpea flour shiro wat.Print
Simple Chickpea Flour Shiro Wat
It’s easy to make shiro wat with chickpea flour. This richly flavoured soup uses a homemade spice mix to replace the traditional berbere spice for a less spicy alternative that is perfect for kids and people who want to enjoy Ethiopian food without the heat.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 1x
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: Ethiopian
- 1/4 tsp ground fenugreek
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 2 medium onions
- ½ cup oil
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- ½ cup chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoons cultured butter (or olive oil)
- 2 cups of water
- Salt, to taste
- Mix the spices together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Puree the onions in a food processor.
- Saute the pureed onions in a dry pot until they start to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the oil and spices. Saute for another 1-2 minutes until the spices are fragrant.
- Add tomato paste and garlic, and saute for 2-3 minutes more.
- Whisk in the chickpea flour, fully coating in the oil. Then gradually start to add the water, whisking constantly like you were making a thickened sauce. Continue whisking until mixture is smooth.
- Simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Finish with the butter and salt to taste.
- Serve with fresh injera.
Keywords: vegan, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, not spicy, traditional, easy, quick, 30 minutes or less, African-inspired, fall, winter, ethnic