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:
- 2 tsps Cumin Seeds
- 4 Cloves
- ½ tsp Black Peppercorns
- ¼ tsp All-spice Ground
- 2 tbsps chili powder Ancho-
- 3 tbsps Paprika
- 1 tsp ginger Ground
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Salt
Baked Berbere-spiced Seitan:
- 2 cups wheat Chickpea flour Vital gluten – (besan) – 1 cups
- ¼ cup Berbere spice – (1 recipe of berber spice mixture from above)
- 1 cup Water
- 2 tbsps sauce Steak – (I used tamari instead)
- 2 tbsps Tomato paste
- ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
For Ethiopian Wat:
- 2 Red onions – medium, roughly chopped
- 4 Potatoes – medium, chopped into bite size pieces
- 8 cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 cup Carrots
- 1 cup lentils Dry red or green – (I used Masoor dal)
- to taste Salt Pepper &
- 1 cup rice Long grain
- To make the Spice powder: 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.
- To make Seitan: 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.
- To make Ethiopian Wat: 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.