Shiro (Ethiopian Chickpea Stew) Recipe

Ethiopian cuisine is an incredibly diverse and flavorful combination of cultures, with each region offering its own unique dishes. One of the most beloved dishes in Ethiopia is Shiro, a chickpea stew made with spices, onions, garlic, peppers, and other seasonal ingredients. Rich in flavor and texture, Shiro is one of the most popular and versatile Ethiopian dishes and can be served both as a main dish or a side dish. This hearty dish has become a staple for many Ethiopians all over the world.

Shiro (Ethiopian Chickpea Stew) Recipe

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

One of Ethiopia’s most beloved dishes, Shiro served with injera is an essential part of Ethiopian cuisine. Even though there are some versions of Shiro that include meat, this recipe does not and is thus a vegan dish. Enjoy!


  • 3 cups Shiro mitten

  • 10 cups water

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp berbere

  • 1 tbsp niter kibbeh

  • 3 large finely chopped onion

  • 5 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp salt


  • Begin by simmering the garlic, onions, and vegetable oil in a mid-sized pot.
  • Next, add berbere to the mix and continue simmering for around 10 minutes while also adding a small amount of water to keep the mix from sticking.
  • Add the remainder of the water; then add the Shiro mitten flour slowly (in small portions) while stirring continuously.
  • Then continue cooking for around 25 minutes until the Shiro becomes thicker but also a bit runny.
  • Finally, add niter kibbeh and stir for a bit, then remove from heat. Serve your Shiro hot with injera and enjoy!

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