Cook's Hideout: Ethiopian Wat

July 23, 2011

Ethiopian Wat

I am back running Blogging Marathon #7 with Srivalli and 18 fellow bloggers. My theme for this week will be "Cooking from Cookbook". I like reading and collecting cookbooks like many foodies. If not for my husband who keeps reminding me the number of cookbooks I have, I would have probably bought a whole book shelf full of cookbooks. As of now, the real estate the books take is quite small, I still have a small rack in the basement with a few more books.

Book Shelf

I really have to thank our county library system as we can borrow books online from other libraries in the county and I think I might be one of the library patrons who uses this feature the most. Most of the times I decide not to buy the book after borrowing it and making the dishes I like from it, in rare occasions I do end up buying the book from Amazon.
So for the next 7 days I will be posting recipes that I have made from 7 different cookbooks. For the first day of the marathon, I made this delicious Ethiopian Wat. This is a delicious one-pot dish that is great on its own, but is wonderful when paired with some freshly made Injera (recipe for this coming really soon).
Recipe is from 500 Vegan Recipes. Even though the dish is one-pot, it needs quite a few components prepared before everything goes into the pot. We need to make berbere spice powder and the baked berbere-spiced seitan before hand. 

For the spice mixture
Cumin Seeds – 2tsp 
Cloves – 4 
Black Peppercorns – ½ tsp 
Ground All-spice – ¼ tsp 
Ancho-chili powder – 2tbsp
Paprika – 3tbsp 
Ground ginger – 1tsp 
Turmeric – ¼ tsp 
Cinnamon – ¼ tsp 
Salt – 1tsp

  • Dry roast cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorn for 1 – 2 minutes or until they smell fragrant and aromatic. Grind the whole spices into a powder. 
  • Add the chile powder, paprika, ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Store in a air-tight container in a cool, dry place and use as needed. 
Baked Berbere-spiced Seitan
Vital wheat gluten – 2 cups Chickpea flour (besan) – 1 cup 
Berbere spice – ¼ cup (1 recipe of berber spice mixture from above) 
Water – 1 cup
Steak sauce – 2tbsp (I used tamari instead)
Tomato paste – 2tbsp
Extra virgin olive oil – ½ cup 

  • In a large bowl, combine spice mixture with gluten and flour.
  • In a measuring cup, add water, oil, tomato paste, steak sauce and whisk until well combined. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and knead for 5 minutes or until everything is incorporated. 
  • Set aside for 20 minutes to rest. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide the dough in half. Shape the dough into logs of approximately 6” long and 3” diameter. Wrap the logs tightly with aluminum foil. Bake seam side down for 1 hour. 
  • Let cool before unwrapping. Store in a air-tight container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for even longer shelf life. 
Ethiopian Wat:
Red onions – 2 medium, roughly chopped 
Baked berber seitan – 1 log (½ of the recipe from above), chopped into bite size pieces 
Potatoes – 4 medium, chopped into bite size pieces 
Vegetable Broth – 8 cups 
Carrots – 1 cup 
Dry red or green lentils – 1 cup (I used Masoor dal) 
Salt & Pepper – to taste 
Long grain rice – 1 cup 

  • Heat 2tbsp EVOO in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and pinch of salt and let them sweat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add another 2tbsp of EVOO to the onions and deglaze the pan. 
  • Next add the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. 
  • Add the seitan, potatoes, carrots, lentils and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the flame to medium and simmer covered for about 30 minutes. 
  • Stir in the rice, cover and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Serve on its own or as a side to Injera.
Ethiopian Wat

Lets see what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 1 of BM# 7.



  1. interesting! but sounds very elaborate :)

  2. This is a new dish to me! Would be great to taste it.

  3. Very new to me Pavani.Wondering how it would taste. The click looks delish :)

  4. This is new for me :) looks delicious

  5. This is something new to me...Though elaborate, it sounds interesting.

    Liked the new look. I felt you could add some color with a header pic, to the all-white template. Ignore, if you are still working on it.

  6. Had to leave your post in the middle and go away last night. :)
    This is very new to me but sounds interesting!

  7. This looks like a bit of tedious preparation but at the end totally worth it. The picture says it all! I am bookmarking it!

  8. This is new,but love to try new dishes...looks interesting!!

  9. I heard of Ethiopian Wat recently from Top Chef show. But didn't know about the recipe. Thanks for sharing..

  10. Pavani,
    Lovely collection of cookbooks..
    This is a new dish for me...Thanks for sharing
    Looks interesting..
    Happy Blogging

  11. Love your book shelf..and the fact that you can borrow makes it so good right!..Enjoyed reading your 7 day posts again Pavani..thanks for joining me again.


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