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Ethiopian Vegan Recipes
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Basic Ethiopian "Wat"


For a party of about 6:

Chop 6 good-sized onions and the cloves of one head of garlic. Put them into a heavy, 12" covered casserole, without oil or water . At high heat, stir constantly until the onions appear translucent.

Add one cup of olive oil. Lower heat to medium, and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.

Add 1/2 Tablespoon of Tektonic Hot Paste, or 1 Tablespoon of Tektonic Savory Paste, and stir until completely blended.

Stirring all the while, add:

  • 1 T Salt
  • 1 T Curry powder
  • 1 T Ground Cardamom
  • 1 t Ground Cloves
  • 1 t Oregano
  • 1 t Sweet Basil
  • 1 t Ground Cinnamon

Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

Add 12 oz. tomato paste and stir until completely blended. Simmer 10 minutes.

By now your "wat" has a rich, red color and a flavor to match! All in all, about 1 hour may have been expended in the preparation.