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Ethiopian Chicken Doro Wat (Stew)

By Zurie on July 28, 2010

Prep Time: 20 mins

" 2 Reviews

Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Servings: 6-8

About This Recipe

"A traditional dish from Ethiopia. There are the usual variations on this theme, normal with any traditional
food, but the Berbere spice mix is non-negotiable! Apparently Ethiopian women are only considered ready
for marriage when they can make a good Berbere! Make this during a chilly winter weekend! Don't faint at
the spice ingredients: it is indeed hot and red, but whatever you don't use for this stew will keep for 6
months in the fridge, and the stew won't make you go up in flames! This is served with the wellknown Injera
bread -- a large flat bread which is often used as an edible "plate" as well. Ethiopians would normally tear
off a piece of Injera, fold it slightly, and scoop the stew from the bowl with it. This is hard to do unless
you're Ethiopian, so rather serve some flat bread separately, and eat with knife and fork! It's a lovely robust
stew, and also economical. Prep and cooking time does NOT include time for making the spice mixture and
boiling the eggs, which you might want to do beforehand anyway."

1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seed
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon coriander seed, ground
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon clove, ground
1/4 teaspoon allspice, ground
2 tablespoons salt ( 30 ml)
1/2 cup cayenne pepper ( or any finely ground hot pepper, 125 ml)
1/2 cup paprika, sweet ( 125 ml)


3 lbs chicken pieces, without skin ( 1.5 kg)
8 ounces butter ( 250 g)
3 lbs onions, peeled and finely chopped ( sit outside!)
6 garlic cloves, chopped and mashed
3 tablespoons berbere, spice mix ( 45 ml)
9 ounces tomato puree ( 280 g)
2 teaspoons sugar ( 10 ml)
2 teaspoons salt ( or more, to taste)

Ethiopian Chicken Doro Wat (Stew) (cont.)

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2 .Heat a large, heavy pan or saucepan.
3 .Add all the spices up to and including the allspice. Roast over a fairly low heat, stirring, to prevent

4 .After a couple of minutes add the rest of the spice ingredients, mix, and roast over very low heat for
about 10 minutes.

5 .This makes about 1 cup. When cool, store in a glass jar with a lid.
6 .The DORO WAT:.
7.Make a few cuts in each chicken piece, to allow the sauce to penetrate the chicken flesh.
8 .In a large pot melt the butter and fry the chopped onions and garlic over medium heat, about 10
minutes. Add the 3 tablespoons Berbere spice mixture, stir through, and then add the tomato
puree, sugar and salt.

9 .Simmer this over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add the chicken piece by piece, and stir well so
each piece is covered with the sauce.

1 0 .Add enough water to get a sauce consistency as for thick soup. Simmer for 30 minutes, but stir
now and then.

1 1 .Add the peeled, hard-boiled eggs (whole). Cover the pot, and let cook over low heat until chicken is
tender. The oil tends to rise to the top when the dish is ready.

1 2 .Traditionally the dish will be cooled down somewhat before serving.

1 3 .* The stew can be made a day or two ahead. Do taste the sauce: it should not be acidic from the
tomato puree, in which case more sugar can be added (canned purees differ in sweetness and
some become quite acidic during cooking). Also, adjust the salt to taste.


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat 54.4g

Serving Size: 1 (358 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving

Calories 751.2
Calories from Fat 490

Saturated Fat 25.9g

% Daily Value

Cholesterol 184.7mg

% Daily Value

Sugars 14.9 g


Sodium 3440.6mg
Total Carbohydrate 41.0g


Dietary Fiber 10.5g


Sugars 14.9 g


Protein 31.6g

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