How to make "Shiro"

Shiro is a delectable Ethiopian chickpea stew that is rich in flavor and texture. This hearty stew is a staple dish and is particularly popular during the fasting season. Shiro is made with powdered chickpeas, which is then simmered with a variety of spices and ethiopian butter to create a mouthwatering and filling dish. The dish is easy to make and has a rich, spicy flavor that is sure to please. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

Nutrition Profile: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

How to make "Shiro"



  • ¾ cup shiro powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp kibe (clarified butter)



Step 1
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant.

Step 2
Add the shiro powder with 1 cup of water in a mixing bowl then add it to the pot. Stir until the mixture is fully coated in the onion and garlic mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Step 3
Add 2 cups of water to the pot, and stir until the shiro powder is fully dissolved.

Step 4
Add the diced jalapeño pepper, salt, kibe and basil to the pot, and stir to combine.

Step 5
Turn the heat to low, and simmer the shiro for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The shiro should thicken and become creamy.

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