Doro Wat (Ethiopian Chicken Stew)

2 1/2 to 3 lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces, or 3 chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons niter kibbeh, if you have it (ethiopian spiced butter), or regular butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups yellow onions finely minced to a chunky puree in food processor
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
1/4 cup berbere (see recipe here) (or you can buy it HERE)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup Tej (Ethiopian honey wine), if you have it, or white wine mixed with 1 teaspoon honey
1 cup chicken stock
4 hard-boiled eggs, pierced all over with fork about ¼ inch deep

Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and pour lemon juice over. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Heat the niter kibbeh or butter along with the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add the onions and saute, covered, over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon butter and continue to saute, covered, for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the berbere and the 2 remaining tablespoons of butter and saute, covered, over low heat for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the chicken, broth, salt and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Adjust the seasonings, adding more berbere according to heat preference. Add the boiled eggs and simmer on low heat, covered, for another 15 minutes.

Serve hot with injera or rice.

Ethiopian Beef Tibs

5 tablespoons niter kibbeh, or plain unsalted butter
2 medium onions, chopped medium (about 2 cups)
3 inch knob ginger, minced, about 2 tablespoons
6 medium cloves garlic, minced, about 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons berbere (see note)
Kosher salt
1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes, trimmed of excess fat and connective tissue
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice, to taste

Melt niter kibbeh or butter in a heavy saucepan on medium heat, then add onions, ginger, garlic, and berbere. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are dark, ruddy, and golden, about 30 minutes. Onions should be at a low sizzle during cooking process. Adjust heat accordingly. Transfer to food processor and blend until not quite a purée. Return to saucepan, season to taste with salt, and keep warm.

Season beef on all sides generously with kosher salt. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast iron or stainless steel skillet over high heat high until lightly smoking. Add beef in a single layer, leaving plenty of open space in the pan (brown in batches if you don’t have a large enough skillet). Cook without moving until well-seared on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip meat cubes with tongs and cook on second side until well seared. Continue to cook meat, stirring and flipping occasionally until desired level of doneness is reached. For rare meat, transfer to saucepan immediately. For medium, cook an additional one to two minutes before transferring to saucepan. For well done, cook up to five more minutes before transferring to saucepan.

Toss beef with warm sauce, stir in lemon juice, and serve immediately.

Key Wat (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

1 lb beef cut into 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil separated
1 small onion diced
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon berbere (less if you’re sensitive to spice)
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1-2 teaspoon sugar
2 cups beef stock or 2 cups water and a beef bullion

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Season the beef with the salt and pepper.

Brown the beef in batches in the Dutch oven, removing to a plate to catch its juices.

Without cleaning the Dutch oven, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onions and cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add the tomato paste, berbere seasoning, and sugar to the onions and garlic.
Cook until a thick paste forms, about 3 minutes. Add the beef stock and beef and bring it to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low to simmer.

Simmer the beef for at least an hour, up to two.

Remove the beef from the cooking liquid and shred it by pulling the chunks apart with two forks.

Add the beef back to the stock mixture and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Butter)

1 pound of unsalted butter
1 small onion, minced
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
2 inches of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
2 3-inch sticks of cinnamon, or 1 teaspoon ground
8 crushed cardamom pods, or 1/2 teaspoon ground
1 teaspoon of fenugreek, whole or ground
1 teaspoon of coriander, whole or ground
2 cloves, or 1/8 teaspoon ground
2 bay leaves

In a saucepan, slowly melt the butter on low heat. Meanwhile, toast the spices. If grinding, toast beforehand.

Add all the spices to the butter, and reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Keep an eye on the pot every few minutes to make sure it’s not boiling as the water evaporates. The milk solids will rise to the surface of the pot as the water cooks out.

Let the butter simmer, with just a few bubbles popping through, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Like a good stock, longer cooking is better, but it needs to be gentle so the milk solids don’t burn. If they do, the niter kibbeh will be irreparably bitter.

When the solids have turned a pleasant brown and plenty of time has past, line a mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or paper towel and place it over a small storage container. Strain the butter well, making sure there are no milk solids or spices in the final product. Your niter kibbeh will last for months in the refrigerator. The larger a batch you make, the less butter you’ll lose to straining.

Atakilt Wat (Ethiopian Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots)

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil or vegan butter divided
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 green chili chopped (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/2 to 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds or powder
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/8 tsp cloves powder
a generous dash of black pepper
3/4 cup sliced carrots
2 medium potatoes chopped, 1.5 loaded cups
1/2 head of cabbage finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt

In a large skillet, add 1 tsp oil and heat at medium. Add garlic, ginger, chili, and onion. Mix, cook for 5 minutes.

Add the cumin, turmeric, fenugreek seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. Mix and cook for 2 minutes to infuse the oil.

Add the carrots, potato and mix well. Add cabbage and 1/4 tsp salt,reduce heat to medium-low. Mix well, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir once in between.
Add 1/4 tsp or more salt, and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix in. Deglaze at this time with water if needed Cover and Cook for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Serve hot with Ethiopian flat bread Injera and lentil wat, ethiopian greens(gomen wat)

Tex-Mex Beef and Cauliflower Rice

1 pound riced cauliflower
1 pound ground beef
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups store-bought roasted tomato salsa
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs, whisked
6 cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, thinly sliced crosswise (optional) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, lightly packed

Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle. Heat a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef when the pan is hot.

Break up the meat with a spatula. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 min or until it’s no longer pink.

Add the onion and bell pepper. Cook for 5 min until softened.

Add the riced cauliflower and stir to combine. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 min or until fragrant.

Pour in the salsa, and add the oregano and chili powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the skillet from the heat, and pour in the whisked eggs. Gently stir to incorporate, and smooth the top of the casserole with a spatula.

Top with the sliced tomatoes (cut-side up) and hot pepper, if using. Put the skillet in the oven.

Cook for 40 to 45 min or until the eggs are set and browned on the edges. Rest for 5 min, and top with cilantro. Slice and serve.

Extras can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 4 months.

Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Cilantro

1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed and cored
avocado oil, for roasting
sea salt
2 limes, juiced
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. ground cumin
pinch of black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a sheet pan with parchment or aluminum foil.
With the shredding blade attachment on a large food processor, run the cauliflower florets through to form small, rice-like pieces. You can also use the regular blade but you’ll have to run it through in batches and make sure to only “pulse” or you could end up with a cauliflower mash.

Dump the riced cauliflower onto the lined baking sheet, drizzle with avocado oil, and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Toss well to coat and spread it out into a thin, even layer. Roast for 15-30 minutes (depending on how toasty you prefer it), removing the pan halfway through to toss the cauliflower.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven, toss it again, and allow it to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes (you should see more steam/moisture released during this time). Squeeze the lime juice over top and toss in the chopped cilantro, ground cumin, and a pinch of black pepper. Serve immediately.

*Note: for a plain version, simply leave out the lime, cilantro, and cumin!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
1 green jalapeño deseeded & chopped (optional)
3 cups riced cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
2 tablespoons vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon salt (or as needed)
zest from 1/2 lime
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice

Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet. When the oil is hot add the onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes on a medium heat or until they become soft and translucent.

Add the garlic jalapeño and cook for a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Stir the whole time.

Add the cauliflower to the skillet. Stir to mix everything together well.
Stir in the vegetable stock, cilantro salt and zest. Turn the heat up to high and cook for another minute. The high heat will draw out excess moisture in the cauliflower so it doesn’t get too mushy. Lower the heat again and add the lime juice. Mix in to the rice well.

Taste and season with more salt as needed. Serve warm and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Carrot Halwa

2 tablespoons ghee
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons cashews, raw and unroasted
2 cups carrots, shredded
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Splenda, Truvia or sugar
2 tablespoons cashew flour (you do this to add a little thickness to the milk)
1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom

Melt ghee in your Instant Pot, and then add the cashews and raisins. Fry them until the cashews are golden brown.

Add all other ingredients except cardamom and cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes. Let it release pressure naturally.

Open up the lid and do not freak out at the curdled milk. It will homogenize shortly. Just stir it up really well.

Smoosh the carrots together a bit, and cook on Sauté for a few minutes to thicken the mixture.

Add the cardamom and let it rest for a while to thicken up. This can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Feel free to pour in a little heavy cream or half and half if you’re trying to add fat to your diet–or taste to your life.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Korma

1 pound chicken thighs (adjust times for other cuts)

Blend together:
1 ounce cashews (or sub with almonds if you prefer)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 green Serrano, Jalapeño, or Thai chile pepper
5 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger minced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your preference)
1/2 cup water (to slosh about in the blender jar and then pour into the Instant Pot)

For Finishing:
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Blend together the vegetables and spices listed in the “blend together” section. Basically blend everything except chicken, coconut milk, cilantro, and set aside one teaspoons of garam masala for the end.

Pour the sauce into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.

Place the chicken on top. If your chicken is frozen, just push it down into the sauce a little.

Set it at High Pressure for 10 minutes and let it release pressure naturally.
Carefully take out the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.

Add coconut milk and garam masala, put the chicken back in, and eat.

Garnish with cilantro if you’d like.

Pressure Cooker Pork Posole

1 pound pork shoulder, cut into bite size cubes
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic
25 ounces posole or hominy grits with liquid
1-3 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped, and with 1-3 teaspoons of the sauce (about half a small can)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Place all ingredients except cilantro in your Instant Pot, stir well, and set for 30 minutes at High Pressure.

If you like your hominy to have a little bite, I suggest you put in half the can while cooking so it flavors and thickens a bit, and save the other half to add after cooking. I put all mine in.

Allow to release pressure naturally, check pork for doneness, check stew for flavor, add chilis or salt as needed, garnish wth cilantro and serve.

Paneer Tikka

1 1/2 cups paneer cut into cubes
2 teaspoons oil
3-4 cloves of garlic minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger minced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika for color and a slightly smoky taste
1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ghee for cooking the paneer
1 lemon Juice of 1 lemon for sprinkling before serving

Place paneer into a bowl and add oil and all the spices. Gently mix everything, taking care to not break the paneer (use hands). Allow this mixture to marinate for about 30 minutes.

Heat a skillet, and when it’s hot, add two tablespoons of ghee. Lay the paneer cubes in a single layer in the pan.

Let it sear for 1-2 minutes, and then using tongs, turn the pieces to sear the other side. Once both sides are seared, you can reduce the heat a little to finish warming the paneer.

Spritz the lemon juice right before serving.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani

Spices for tempering:
2 tablespoons ghee or butter
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 stick cinnamon
3-4 whole cloves
4-5 peppercorns
4-5 green cardamom pods

OR USE 2 TEASPOONS GARAM MASALA

Veggies:
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 piece minced ginger thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
6-8 sprigs mint, finely chopped

Chicken and Rice:
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
salt, to taste

Pressure Cooker Aloo Gobi

1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 cups cauliflower florets (about one medium cauliflower)
2 cups potatoes, sliced (about 1 large potato)
1/2 cup tomato, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water

Heat the Instant Pot and when it’s hot, add the oil, and when the oil shimmers, add the cumin seeds. They’ll splutter like popcorn.

Once this happens, add in the potatoes and sauté. You want the potatoes to brown and crisp a little, and you want good, brown fond at the bottom to flavor the final dish.

At this point, add the spices and sauté briefly.

Then add in the tomatoes and the water and scrape up all the lovely fond at the bottom.

Add in the cauliflower and set your Instant Pot to Low Pressure for 2 minutes.
Quick release the pressure and garnish with chopped cilantro, if needed.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Vindaloo

1 cup diced onion
5 cloves garlic
2-3 slices minced ginger
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup chopped tomato
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 – 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to desired spice level)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 pound chicken thighs boneless skinless
1/4 cup water

In a pan, heat the onions, garlic, ginger and oil for 5 -7 minutes until the vegetables are browned on the edges.

Pour this into a blender and combine with all other ingredients except turmeric, water and chicken. Blend this to a smooth paste.

Place chicken in the bowl you used earlier, and pour the spice and vegetable mix it, mixing well to coat the chicken. Wash out the blender bowl with the 1/4 cup water and pour that over the chicken as well.

Add turmeric now (adding it earlier could stain your blender bowl) and marinate for 30 mins to 8 hours.

Pour the chicken and marinade into your Instant Pot.

Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes, and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure.

Depending on your chicken and how much water it releases, you may need to remove the chicken pieces and evaporate some of the water by using the Sauté function to cook the sauce down.

Mattar Paneer

2 teaspoons oil (use peanut oil if possible as it has a higher smoke point)
1/8 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/8 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (grind coriander and cumin together if you’d like)
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup Indian paneer
1/2 cup half & half , 1/2 c fat-free evaporated milk

Pour oil into a pan that has a well-fitting lid.

As the oil starts to smoke, put in the mustard and cumin seeds. Wait for a minute or two until they start to pop and sound like popcorn popping.

Put in the chopped onion and cook on medium heat for a few minutes until the onion softens and the edges get brown.

Add chopped tomatoes and 1/2 c of water and stir the mixture well.

Add all remaining spices and mix. Let it come to a boil for the flavors to meld.

Pour in half & half or evaporated milk and mix well over low heat until the sauce melds together.

Put in frozen peas and thawed paneer. Cover and cook over gentle heat until heated through.

Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Ethiopian Spiced Ground Beef

2 tablespoons ghee
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons berbere spice mix
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup water

Instant Pot:
In bowl of food processor, pulse onion and garlic until roughly chopped, scraping bowl as necessary.

Set Instant Pot to brown and pour in ghee. When lightly smoking, add onion/garlic mixture, berbere, and salt.

Saute well until the mixture is fairly dry. Do not skip this step. Ideally we would have made spiced ghee (niter kibbeh). This step allows the spices to lose their raw smell, to infuse the ghee with the spice flavors, and cook the onion down to a nice base for the beef. Put in the ground beef and smash until there are no lumps.

Add half a cup of water, set pressure to high, and cook for 10 minutes. Let it come off pressure naturally. For an electric Instant Pot, turn it off and let it rest for 10 minutes before releasing pressure.

Stove-top
Follow steps 1-4 above. Add a little more water, cover, and let it simmer gently until the meat is cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Japanese Curry

1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 pound chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into bite size pieces
1 1/2 cups onion sliced thick
4 red potatoes quartered
2 carrots chopped thick
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 package Japanese (or House Vermont) Curry Paste (6 squares)
1/2 cup coconut milk

Add all ingredients except the coconut milk into the inner liner of your pressure cooker. Place the curry paste on the top to prevent scorching.

Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, and then release pressure quickly.
Stir well and mix in the coconut milk, stirring until well incorporated.

Serve with rice or noodles, or with a side salad.

Turmeric Tea

1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric (or a 1/2-inch piece fresh turmeric, peeled and grated)
1 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1 cardamom pod
1 cinnamon stick
3 black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk (or nut milk)
1 black tea bag

In a small pan over low heat, add the water, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns and honey. Bring to a simmer, then pour in milk, and add the tea bag. When milk is steaming, use a spoon to taste, and add more honey if you like. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer right into a cup, and drink while hot.

Pressure Cooker Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken

1/4 cup sesame oil
6 dried red chilis
1/4 cup smashed garlic peel cloves, smack with the side of a knife
2 Tablespoons ginger sliced into matchsticks
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in half.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine or pale dry sherry
Salt to taste

For Finishing
1/4 cup Thai basil chopped, or regular basil
1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum or 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water for a slurry

Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté and when it is hot, add the chilies, ginger, and garlic and let them fry for 2 mins until the ginger and garlic are just starting to crisp.

Dump in everything except the basil.

Cook for 7 mins, then let pressure release naturally for 10 mins.

Open the lid and turn the pot on Sauté.

Add chopped basil leaves and stir.

When the liquid boils, sprinkle the xanthum gum and let it thicken, or add cornstarch slurry to let it thicken