January 26, 2010

Recipe for Siga Wat

One of the joys of adopting an older child is the culture that they bring with them to America. Himbasha is like chocolate to Ab. See himbasha recipe here.

I really enjoy trying and making the different recipes and making Ab feel loved with them.

Don’t be scared to play with it to get the taste you like. Below are pictures of Ab (and Bekah eating it too!) with his Misir Wat (lentils).

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Ethiopian Recipe:

Here is one that I’ve played with for a while and like.

Siga Wat (you will also see it spelled Sega Wot) aka Red Beef Stew

2-3 pounds of beef cubed

1-2 large onions fine chopped

veg oil enough to sauté meat in

5 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp minced ginger

1/4 cup berbere

2 tsp wot kimem

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

1/2 can to 1 can crushed tomatoes depending on how much tomato taste you want.

If I have the spiced butter made up (Niter Kebbeh) I will add that to it at the end also.

In large pot simmer the onion and garlic until lightly brown. Add berbere and continue to simmer at how heat stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Add beef and water and tomatoes..let simmer until beef is done. When done cooking add wot kimem and salt. Serve with injera.

I let it simmer until it is very tender. One thing I’ve learned is that the longer it simmers the hotter it gets.

I also have a recipe for a milder version. I’ll share it soon! (and the misir wat)


Today’s Reading

Job 30:1 through 31:40

Geez, so on top of all his suffering Job is now being mocked by those around him. They ‘detest me and keep their distance and do not hesitate to spit in my face.’ He feels his life ebbing away and feels as if God has ‘thrown him in the mud.’ Job feels as if he has cried out to God and He does not answer. He begins to state all the things that he has done and he hasn’t done. He then declares for the Almighty to answer him and let his accuser put his indictment in writing. Job is desperate for reasons why.

I am ready for God to answer Job! So tempted to skip ahead!


  1. Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to make it! Where can you find berbere...besides Ethiopia?

  2. Hi! Thanks for your comment! You can find berbere at some cultural food stores (some people even make their own). I live in a small town whtere there isn't a lot of cultural food stores so I buy mine at www.ethiopianspice.com

    It seems expensive but it is a huge bag. I make ethiopan food quite often and have had this bag for over a year.

    let me know how it goes!


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