Alicha Kik Wot (Ethiopian Yellow Lentil Stew) Recipe

Alicha Kik Wot is a delicious and wholesome Ethiopian dish that is traditionally made with yellow split peas, onions, garlic, ginger root, and turmeric. It is an essential part of Ethiopian cuisine and it’s featured prominently in the popular Ethiopian mixed-plater vegetarian dish known as Beyaynetu.

This recipe for Alicha Kik Wot is full of flavor and simple to make with readily available ingredients. It’s a great way to explore the vibrant flavors of Ethiopia without spending too much time in the kitchen.

Moreover, even though it is a vegetarian dish, Alicha Kik Wot provides plenty of protein and nutrition. So, follow this recipe, make yourself a delicious Alicha Kik Wot, and enjoy!

If you are interested, here are recipes for 2 other variations of Kik Wot: Kik Wot Recipe and Misir Wot Recipe.

Alicha Kik Wot (Ethiopian Yellow Lentil Stew) Recipe

Recipe by theethiopianfoodCourse: Main Dish, Side Dish, VegetarianCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Alicha Kik Wot is a delicious and wholesome Ethiopian dish that is traditionally made with yellow split peas, onions, garlic, ginger root, and turmeric. This recipe for Alicha Kik Wot is full of flavor and simple to make with readily available ingredients. Moreover, even though it is a vegetarian dish, Alicha Kik Wot provides plenty of protein and nutrition. So, follow this recipe, make yourself a delicious Alicha Kik Wot, and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup split peas

  • 1 cup onion (minced)

  • 1 tbsp ginger (minced)

  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)

  • 1 tsp Alicha Kimem (Afrenje)

  • 1 tsp Netch Azmud (Caraway Seed)

  • 1 tsp of Turmeric

  • ½ cup oil

  • 3 cups water

  • Salt (to taste)

Directions

  • Thoroughly wash the split peas using hot water until they’re clean enough that the water they are placed is clear.
  • Soak the split peas in water until they are fully rehydrated. Then strain the remaining water for approx. 20 min.
  • Cook the onions for 10 min. in water over medium heat until the onions are thoroughly cooked and transparent.
  • Add some water, then the minced ginger, and stir for about 3 min. until the mixture reaches a paste-like in texture.
  • Add the minced garlic and the oil, and mix well.
  • Pour in some water now and again as the sauce starts to thicken while stirring gently.
  • Now, add the split peas slowly along with some water, making sure the split peas are not burnt. Then stir the mix for 2 min.
  • Pour in more water till the split peas are submerged completely, and continue stirring for approx. 8 min. when the split peas become soft.
  • Then add the Tumeric and Alicha Kimem and continue cooking for 1 min. till the mixture becomes fragrant.
  • Lower the heat and simmer the mixture for about 5 min. and add the Netch Azmud while stirring.
  • Finally, turn the heat off, add some salt, and serve your Alicha Kik Wot along with Injera.

Ingredients And Equipment

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