I decided to expand my culinary skills and attempt something a little bit different, I was asked to do a supper club party for a friend of mine and in a burst of creativity I stated I was going to do a purely Ethiopian night serving only Vegan foods. My friends, always supportive and always curious in my cooking , accepted my random but intriguing menu.
Doro Wat – An Ethiopian’s go to Curry for all occasions.
In Ethiopia , a Doro Wat is essentially a spicy stew or curry, made using a mixture of spices that are combined to make a “Berbere” – this hot beauty of a spice will leave you breathless, so add as much or as little spice mix to your curry. Chicken or Beef are common meats that are used, but as we are going all vegan, I decided to make it using Seitan . For those who don’t know what Seitan is, its a Wheat Gluten … … well that doesn’t really explain things does it?
Right , so a Wheat Gluten is made from wheat .. … funnily enough, however it has nothing to do with bread, and has very little in common with it. It has the same look and texture as meat when cooked and that makes it a popular meat substitute. Seitan is also the base for several commercially available products such as Tofurky deli slices and other vegetarian meat substitutes.
Lets Get Cooking then shall we?
- 1 Cup Spiced Ghee
A Ghee is a spiced butter – 500g of Dairy Free Butter
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamon
1/2 tsp Ground Fenugreek
1/2 Nigella Seeds
- 4 large Spanish Onions
- Berbere -1/4 Cup
A main ingredient of Doro Wat is Berbere, a fiery, bright red Ethiopian spice blend. It is best made fresh using whole spices that are toasted and ground for maximum flavour. it consists of ( Now this is rather a long list of spices however, trust me its worth it )
- 2 tsp Coriander seeds
- 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
- 1/4 tsp Whole Allspice
- 6 White Cardamon Pods
- 4 Whole Cloves
- 1/2 cup Dried Onion
- 5 Dried Chillies
- 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
- 2 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Two packets of Seitan, you can buy this from any health food store – premade is easier and just as delicious.
- Heat the spiced Ghee along with the olive oil in a large frying pan with high sides.
- Dice the onions and place in a food processor until you get a thick paste. Then cook onions and sauté, cover over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon butter and continue to sauté, cover for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the berbere mix and the remaining tablespoons of butter and sauté, cover over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the veggie broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Wash and slice the Seitan into small pieces and pre fry in another pan using the leftover Berbere mix, add to the top of your Doro Wat.
- Then Serve with Wild Rice
- Garnish and Enjoy!