Vegan Red split Pea Stew (Ater Kik Key Wot) and English Mixed Vegetables (Tikel Gomen Bdenich)

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Tirussew Kidanemariam, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ater Kik Key Wot:
Split peas
Pepper (blended with pepper corn, cardamom cloves etc.) Oil

Tikel Gomen Bdenich:
Onions (red and white)
Baro onion (leek)

Ater Kik Key Wot:

1. Washing and boiling the split peas for 3-4 minutes and leave it aside.

2. Piling and cutting red onions, and one or two white onions.

3. First add the onions to the cooking pan, add oil and fry them by stirring for 3 minutes; then add the cooked split peas and add water. Stir it for 4 minutes and it is ready, Season it hot and spicy.

Tikel Gomen Bdenich:

1. Washing and cutting the cabbage, piling and cutting the potatoes, onions and carrots.

2. Putting oil, adding all the above ingredients with water in a cooking pan and stirring for about 8 minutes, Season it spicy.


I used to eat Ater Kik Key Wot while I was a child with my parents! It is usually eaten on fasting days, Wednesdays and Fridays and other fasting seasons of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The mixed vegetable part was something I started to prepare while I was staying abroad for my studies. I still very much cherish these meals.

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