Ethiopian Kik Alicha / Split Pea Stew

For our next alphabet , we are now in Ethiopia , a country located in Horns of Africa.Ethiopian cuisine mainly consists of vegetables and often very spicy meat dishes, usually in the form of wat a thick stew, served on top injera, a large sourdough flatbread,which is made out of fermented teff flour.

Ethiopians eat exclusively with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of entrées and side dishes. Utensils are rarely used with Ethiopian cuisine.So let’s start the recipe .yum

Capital-Addis Ababa
Dish- Kilk Alicha

1/2 cup dry split yellow peas
4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper , chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons oil
water as required

Soak the split peas for 2 hours in warm water, drain and rinse.
Heat oil in a pan , add onions, ginger and garlic and cook until translucent.(add chopped Serrano or Jalapeno if using)
Add the turmeric and mix well.
Add rinsed split peas, salt, pepper and water. Mix well, cover and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Cook covered for 35-45 minutes or until peas have softened to your desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and spice if needed.

Serve hot with rice.


Serve-2 Cooking time-30 minutes

Best regards,

Sapana Behl

17 comments on “Ethiopian Kik Alicha / Split Pea Stew”

  1. Sounds simple and delicious. It can pass as Indian dish too. 🙂

  2. A nice variation of dal rice. Looks yummy!

  3. Usha says:

    Stew looks delicious and looks like dal.

  4. Srivalli says:

    Looks very much like our own right Sapana, very nice one..

  5. Simple, delicious and sounds very Indian like 🙂

  6. very similar to our kind of dal…nice presentation..i have a feeling we will visit same place tomorrow

  7. Sounds almost like our usual dal, looks very comforting.

  8. Pavani N says:

    I love Ethiopian dishes and this dal looks so simple and delicious.

  9. Now this I would eat instead of the injera bread which is always served with their meals and I find so unappetizing

  10. Kik alicha looks very tempting sapna 🙂 very well presented even 🙂 sounds like a version dal , very well done with E 🙂

  11. Looks so similar to our dal!Nice one Sapana…

  12. That stew has nice flavours . Sounds like one of our Indian recipes..strange the cuisines have so much similarity. Well made and well presented.

  13. A simple but flavorful recipe.

  14. delicious rice and dal recipe. Simple and falvourful

  15. Hearty and comforting stew!!!

  16. Sounds nice and simple…similar to our dal i think…Must taste very good with the traditional injera

  17. Looks yum & comforting..

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