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Showing the pancake
Photo: Christine Rhodes
You eat Alicha with a big,
round pancake like the one
in this picture of Tesfanesh,
Awoke, and Aganesh Abate.

Sharing the dish with classmates
Photo: Christine Rhodes
Awoke, Tesfanesh, and
Aganesh sharing special
dishes with their

Tefanesh Aganesh Awoke

Alicha (Meat Stew)

Tesfanesh Abate
from Ethiopia

Ageresh Abate and Awoke Abate from Ethiopia helped with the preparation.

Alicha is like a stew or casserole, and the Ethiopian name for this is a wat. Stews are very popular in my country. Alicha, a more delicately seasoned Wat (stew), contains no berbere (chili).

It is often eaten at home, and it is also served in restaurants. I like it because it tastes nice like curry and it is not hot.

Ingredients: (for 6 people)

  • 1 kilo of meat of any kind that you like
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 a cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • some shallots—cut small
  • pepper and salt
  • a sprinkle of turmeric
  • crushed garlic
  • tomato ketchup
  • enough oil to brown the meat

Method for preparing this Ethiopian stew or casserole:

  1. Cut the meat up in small pieces.
  2. Cut up the onion and put it in a fry pan with turmeric and oil.Cook until brown.
  3. Add the meat to the fry pan.

Tips to help you when you prepare this dish:

You can also use chicken, beef, lamb or fish, but beef is my favorite dish. It is cooked like a casserole with water>You eat Alicha for lunch or dinner, but not for breakfast.

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