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Sik Sik We't (Beef Stew in Red Pepper Sauce)

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Category: Meat

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Onions -- finely chopped
  • 1/3 c Niter kebbeh
  • 2 c Garlic -- finely chopped
  • 2 ts Fresh ginger root -- scraped
  • Fine choppe
  • 1/4 ts Fenugreek seeds -- freshly
  • Ground
  • 1/8 ts Ground cloves
  • 1/8 ts Ground allspice
  • 1/8 ts Ground nutmeg -- freshly
  • Grated
  • 1/4 c Paprika
  • 2 ts Berbere or awaze
  • 2/3 c Dry red wine
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 1 lg Firm ripe tomato *
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 3 lb Lean boneless beef **
  • Freshly ground black pepper


* coarsely chopped and pureed through a food mill or rubbed through a sieve
with a spoon. ** preferably chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into
1-inch cubes.

In a heavy 4-5 qt. enameled casserole, cook the onions over moderate heat
for 5-6 minutes, until they are soft and dry. Slide the casserole back and
forth over the heat and stir the onions constantly to prevent them from
burning; if necessary, reduce the heat or remove the casserole from the
stove occasionally to let it cool for a few moments before returning it to
the heat. Stir in the niter kebbeh and when it begins to splutter, add the
garlic, ginger, fenugreek, cloves, allspice and nutmeg, stirring well after
each addition. Add the paprika and berbere, and stir over low heat for 2-3

Stir in the wine, water, pureed tomato and salt, and bring the liquid to a
boil. Add the beef cubes and turn them about with a spoon until they are
evenly coated with the sauce. Then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan
partially and simmer the beef for about 1 1/2 hrs, or until it shows no
resistance when pierced with a few grindings of pepper and taste for

To serve, transfer the entire contents of the casserole to a deep heated
platter or bowl. Sik sik wat is traditionally accompanied by injera or
spice bread, but may also be eaten with Arab-style flat bread or hot boiled
rice. Yegomen kitfo and/or plain yoghurt may be served with the wat from
separate bowls.

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