Kikil Recipe

Kikil Recipe

Recipe by theethiopianfoodCourse: Main Dish, Comfort FoodCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Beginner

Kikil is a mild stew made with lamb and potatoes. In some ways, it is similar to Alicha Wot but Kikil is more of a thinner watery stew. Learn how to make Kikil by using this simple beginner-friendly recipe.


  • ¼ pot lamb meat, without the bones being removed

  • ¼ pot potatoes, largely chopped

  • 1 pot full of cold water

  • 3 cups onions, sliced

  • ½ cup green chili pepper, chopped

  • ½ cup cloves of garlic

  • 2 tbsp turmeric

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 2 tbsp niter kibbeh (Ethiopian clarified butter)


  • Start by filling a large-sized pot with cold water and placing it on your stove. Then add the lamb meat with bones along with the onions, garlic, turmeric, oil, and salt.
  • Stir the mix gently and bring the pot to a boil for about 1 hr. and 30 min.
  • Check and see if lamb meat has been cooked well enough and how tender it has gotten. Then add the potatoes and continue cooking for 10 – 20 minutes until the meat is cooked to your satisfaction.
  • Lastly, add the green chili peppers and niter kibbeh and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes until the potatoes are also cooked to your satisfaction. You can now serve your Kikil hot in large-enough bowls.


  • The amount of lamb meat you put in should be equal in measure to the amount of potatoes you put in.

Ingredients And Equipment

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