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An absolute classic is “wot”, which is definitely one of the oldest dishes in Ethiopia. North-east African farmers developed it in as a result of the vegetables they harvested more than five thousand years ago. Is there anything better than feeling a touch of Africa in your kitchen? This dish stirs everyones heart. Potatoes and green beans are the basis of the wot. Whatever else you add is up to you! It doesn't matter which vegetables you prefer — everything is possible! We have written down one of the oldest wot recipes. The combination of different vegetables and the spices is just delicious. Either you use it as a fiber rich supplement for an injera or you eat it as a wrap.

Ethiopian Wot – the Perfect Addition to Injera

Teff-Diet - Teff Wot

Ingredients for this traditional teff recipe:

2 medium sized onions finely chopped, 2 shallots finely chopped, 120ml peanut oil, 6 garlic cloves chopped, 1 tbsp fresh ginger finely chopped, ½ tsp paprika spice, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp cardamom, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp caraway seeds, ¼ tsp cilantro, grounded, 1 large carrot finely chopped, 1 tsp tomato paste, 120ml water, ½ zucchini chopped into cubes, ½ cabbage chopped, 1-2 small jalapenos, 8 small potatoes chopped into cubes, 200g green beans chopped into small pieces, 1 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp black pepper and 5-6 hard boiled eggs.

Preparation:

  1. Heat up some oil in a medium sized saucepan and add onions and scallions.
  2. Add the peanut oil and throw in the garlic, ginger, paprika spice, cinnamon, cardamom, ground cloves, caraway seeds and cilantro. Fry everything for about 1 minute. Add carrot and boil for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste and 120ml water to the mix, and cook until the texture is thick.
  4. Add the zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, jalapenos, green beans, turmeric and 60ml of water. Put a lid over saucepan and cook everything on middle heat for 15-20 minutes, or until all the vegetables are nice and tender. Stir well.
  5. Finally add the boiled eggs and stir them into the dish.

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— Christine Ross (43) from Manchester

"I decided to take a break after my first year at uni and work as an aid worker. That was about a year ago. So I went to ethiopia for a few months and helped on different school projects. I fell in love with this beautiful country straight away. Everything is different there, compared to the US. The landscape, the people and their mentality. Especially the food is simply amazing and compared to what I am used to from my hometown it seems to be super healthy and natural. I discovered teff already on the first day of my trip to ethiopia when my host family made the most traditional dish from ethiopia - the injera. It was so tasty. Now I am back to the USA and I still like using teff flour for all of my pastries and bakes. And also my girlfriend, who is allergic to gluten, profits from teff´s healthy properties. We love it - and you will, too!"


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