Tikil Gomen is a unique vegetable dish found in the cuisine of Ethiopia. This traditional dish, which is also known as “Ethiopian Cabbage Salad”, is packed with flavor and nutrition. It is a combination of potatoes, carrots, and cabbage that is cooked with spices to develop a complex and delicious taste.

Tikil Gomen is usually served as a side dish accompanying other Ethiopian stew dishes such as Misir Kik Wot and Shiro.

Ingredients Required to Make Tikil Gomen

  • ⅔ diced and rinsed head cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ thinly sliced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch of black pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
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How to Make Tikil Gomen (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Start by adding vegetable oil to a mid-sized pot and start cooking.
  2. Next, add the onions and cook them for some 5 min. until they get translucent.
  3. Then, add in the carrots, turmeric, black pepper, garlic, and, salt, and gently stir the mix for 5 – 10 more minutes.
  4. Finally, add the cabbages and gently mix them well with the others. Then, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking for some 20 minutes until the cabbages get tender.

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Tikil Gomen Recipe

Tikil Gomen (Ethiopian Cabbage Salad) Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sara Seife Course: Side Dishes, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

2

servings

Tikil Gomen is one of the most popular, vegetarian dishes in Ethiopia. It’s extremely easy to make and adjust depending on the individual portions that you prefer. Tikil Gomen is also a good side dish to go with other Ethiopian wot dishes, such as Misir Wot and Shiro Wot.

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Ingredients

  • diced and rinsed head cabbage

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • ½ thinly sliced onion

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 pinch of black pepper powder

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp water

Directions

  • Start by adding vegetable oil to a mid-sized pot and start cooking.
  • Next, add the onions and cook them for some 5 min. until they get translucent.
  • Then, add in the carrots, turmeric, black pepper, garlic, and, salt, and gently stir the mix for 5 – 10 more minutes.
  • Finally, add the cabbages and gently mix them well with the others. Then, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking for some 20 minutes until the cabbages get tender.

Notes

  • In the end, if you think your Tikil Gomen looks dry, add some water to it.

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Sara Seife
Sara Seife

Sara is a blogger, nutritionist, and recipe engineer who loves to create and share Ethiopian food recipes and guides. She is the Chief Editor of The Ethiopian Food, an online platform that aims to help people all over the world learn about and enjoy Ethiopian cuisine. Sara is passionate about sharing her love of Ethiopian food and culture with others, and she hopes that her recipes and guides will help people to create delicious and authentic Ethiopian meals at home.

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