How to make "Sinig Karya" (Ethiopian Stuffed Jalapeño Pepper)

Sinig Karya is a traditional Ethiopian dish that showcases the vibrant culinary culture. In Amharic, one of the major languages spoken in Ethiopia, "sinig" means stuffed, while "karya" translates to pepper. As such, Sinig Karya is a delectable blend of aromatic spices, vegetables, and jalapeño peppers, each one carefully hollowed out and packed with flavor. It is a popular dish enjoyed across the country, both for its tantalizing flavors and for its impressive presentation.

Originating in a region known for its spicy foods, the dish has quickly become a staple for many Ethiopian households and can often be found gracing the tables at festive gatherings or served as an appetizer. This recipe takes the rich culinary traditions of Ethiopia and brings them to your kitchen, letting you create an authentic Ethiopian delicacy with everyday ingredients.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 1 person

Nutrition Profile: Low-calorie, Vegan, Gluten-Free

How to make "Sinig Karya" (Ethiopian Stuffed Jalapeño Pepper)



  • 1 Jalapeño pepper
  • ¼ Red onion
  • ½ Roma tomato
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • A pinch of Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil



Step 1
Begin by preparing your ingredients. Dice the red onion and Roma tomato into small pieces. Be sure to remove the seeds from the tomato before dicing.

Step 2
Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the diced onion to the pan. Sauté the onions until they become translucent, which usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3
Add the diced Roma tomato to the skillet. Continue to cook the mixture until the tomato softens, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

Step 4
Season the mixture with the salt, black pepper, and a pinch of rosemary. Stir well to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Step 5
While the tomato and onion mixture is cooking, carefully cut the top off the jalapeño pepper and remove the seeds and inner membranes with a spoon or a knife. Be sure to wear gloves while handling the jalapeño to avoid any potential skin irritation.

Step 6
Once the tomato and onion mixture is ready, use a small spoon to carefully stuff the jalapeño pepper with it. Fill the pepper until it's packed tightly, but be careful not to overstuff it.

Step 7
Once the jalapeño pepper is filled, place it in the skillet over low heat. Cover the skillet and let the stuffed pepper cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the pepper is tender and cooked through.

Step 8
Remove the skillet from the heat. Allow the stuffed pepper to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your Sinig Karya as a delicious appetizer or a side dish to your main course.

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