Siga Wot (Ethiopian Spicy Beef Stew)

Siga Wot (Ethiopian Spicy Beef Stew)

November 25, 2019

Siga wot, an Ethiopian beef stew simmered in a rich sauce, spiced with an Ethiopian blend called berbere.

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Siga or sega wot is another traditional dish from Ethiopia. The ingredients and the cooking method is very similar to that of doro wot (spicy chicken stew).

This is the third stew-like Ethiopian recipe I’m sharing with you. Trying to show you, that you can make Ethiopian food at home.

How to Make Wot

Wat or wot is a stew or curry made by cooking chopped onions slowly, without any fat or oil, until much of their moisture has been evaporated.

Fat (usually niter kibbeh) is then added, the onions and other aromatics are sautéed before the addition of other ingredients. This method makes the onions break down and thicken the stew. 

I used this basic wot to make this siga wot, misir wot (lentil stew) and doro wot (chicken stew).

I like to make a big batch and then divide it and use it to make those three dishes. Or divide it into portions and freeze it.

Berbere for Ethiopian Food

You’ll need a special spice called berbere.

Berbere is a spice blend used to season many Ethiopian dishes.

I used Asli Berbere to make this spicy beef stew.

If you live in a big city with a few Ethiopian restaurants, you might be able to find a store that sells berbere. Get it there! and if you are lucky, the restaurant might be willing to sell you some.

We’ve had people bring us berbere from Ethiopia, and every bag had a slightly different flavor.

If you are feeling courageous and want to make it at home, follow this video from Ethcooks. Although the whole video is not in English, the list of ingredients is.

Although siga wot traditionally is served with injera (sourdough pancake-like bread), it goes great with white rice.

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Siga Wot (Ethiopian Spicy Beef Stew)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr

Siga wot, an Ethiopian beef stew simmered in a rich sauce, spiced with an Ethiopian blend called berbere.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Servings: 6
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 2 red onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons spiced butter (niter kibbeh)
  • 3 tablespoons berbere
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 pounds chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  1. Put the onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until water evaporates, about 10 minutes, taking care not to burn them. You may need to reduce the heat as the onions dry out. Add spiced butter and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, cardamom, and berbere. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, adding enough broth to make a thick sauce.
  2. In a medium skillet brown beef with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Add beef to the sauce and simmer over very low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and the sauce is very thick. Add salt to taste.
  3. Serve hot with rice or injera.
Recipe Notes

If you want to serve siga wot with rice, you might want a runnier sauce, add more broth if desired.

3 tablespoons of berbere, makes this stew mild.

Siga Wot (Ethiopian Spicy Beef Stew)

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