Kike or Kik Alicha or Split Pea stew. This is another simple stew is very similar to Indian split pea daal. I used 2 types of split peas for the one in the pictures. You can use just the yellow or just the green as well. Also, ignore the mustard seeds in the pictured stew, which were accidentally added:) It is the fault of muscle memory.. my hand automatically grabs either mustard seeds or cumin seeds to add to the hot oil when making daal.
I served this Split pea stew with some cumin scented Wild rice blend. I have some Teff flour now, so Injera(ethiopian flat bread) trials are predicted in the near future.
Ethiopian Kik Alicha is a very mild, no spice lentil preparation. For a spicier Wat version, add some Berbere spice blend like this Missir Wat/Wot – Red lentil stew.
Ethiopian food is becoming my next favorite food right after Indian food. I need to pick up some books with information about how the flavors came about and the basics of ethiopian food. Leave me suggestions in the comments. I am planning to get myself Kittee’s Papa Tofu loves Ethiopian soon.
Its the day after my yoga therapy and my eyes can barely read. so a short post today..
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Ethiopian Split Pea stew – Kik Alicha
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, yeast, nut, gluten
1/4 cup dry split yellow peas, soak overnight
1/4 cup dry split green peas, soak overnight
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
black pepper, to taste
Add a 1/2 teaspoon berbere spice blend for a spicier Wat version
or Add a chopped Serrano pepper.
Soak the split peas overnight or at least 2 hours in warm water, drain and rinse.
In a deep pan, add oil, add onions, ginger and garlic and cook stirring occasionally, until translucent.(add chopped Serrano or Jalapeno if using)
Add the turmeric and mix well.
Add rinsed split peas, salt, pepper and water. Mix, cover and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered for 35-45 minutes or until peas have softened to your desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and spice if needed.
Or use a Pressure cooker: Pressure cook for 1 whistle on high and then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
The pictures are of the pressure cooked stew. Mash the peas if desired. Add some lemon juice if desired and serve. Tastes best with a sour flat bread like Injera.
Wild Rice blend: Rinse the rice and add to pan with 1.5 times the water, salt and cumin powder to taste. Cook partially covered until almost done. Fluff, take off heat, cover and let sit for another 5 minutes before serving.
I love infographics..:) and this is from Vegucated. Here is also a nice article by the team to help transition to a plant based diet.
Where do we get our Calcium..
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This stew is being shared at Ricki’s wellness weekend, Allergy Free wednesdays.