Shiro wat is my favorite Ethiopian dish. This richly spiced and thick soup is amazingly delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make using whatever spices you have in your pantry!
The easiest way to make shiro wat is to head down to your local Ethiopian grocer and buy shiro powder then add cooked onions and garlic.
However, if you would like to adjust the spices or turn down the heat a little, then I recommend making a from-scratch version using chickpea flour.
How to serve shiro wat
Shiro wat is traditionally served with injera flatbread. It is a soup that is thick enough that you can scoop it up with the injera.
If you haven’t tried making injera, then I highly recommend it. It is a flatbread/pancake made with a naturally soured batter. Here’s my recipe for a 100% teff gluten-free injera. It is super simple and delicious.
While you’re at it, here are a few other dishes that are delicious with injera:
Chickpea Flour Shiro Wat
It’s easy to make shiro wat with chickpea flour. This richly flavored 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
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: Ethiopian
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground fenugreek
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of ground cloves
- For a spicy shiro wat, replace the spice mix with 3 Tbsp of berbere spice. The flavor will be similar, but with the kick of heat. Otherwise, mix the spices in a small bowl and set them aside.
- Place the onions in a food processor and pulse until fully pureed.
- Saute the onion puree in a dry pot until it is starting 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 the flour in the oil. Then gradually start to add the water, whisking constantly like you were making a thickened sauce. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Finish with the butter and salt to taste.
- Serve with fresh injera.
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