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An Ethiopian Stew To Make You Happy: Potato Key Wat

Ethiopian stews all have the same basic recipe. You can then choose to add proteins or vegetables. The most important ingredient of all is the Berbere Spice Mix that can be found in any ethnic shop you visit. For those who live in Beirut, head to the shops in Dora and ask for it. You’ll surely find it. However, for those who can’t get their hands on it, you can make it yourself by following this recipe.

I guess you all know by now how much we’re in love with incredibly spicy food. I recently learnt that spice heat is measured by the Scoville scale. After doing a bit of research, I also discovered that the famous Ethiopian Berbere spices have 30,000 heat units on the scale, which is considered medium to high in terms of spiciness. Yesterday, I helped cook then ate this delicious (and so spicy I’m still feeling it) Ethiopian Potato Key Wat – Wat meaning a stew.

Here’s the recipe to an Ethiopian Potato Stew (Potato Key Wat).

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What you’ll need (for 3 persons):


  • 2 large potatoes, coarsely diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 big tomato, diced
  • Berbere Spice Mix

How to make it

  1. In a pot, heat the olive oil and cook the onions
  2. Add the tomatoes, garlic and Berbere spices. Mix until the liquid of the tomatoes starts coming out then simmer for about 10 min
  3. Add the potatoes and mix for 5 minutes
  4. Add 2 to 3 cups of water and let simmer until the potatoes are tender
  5. Have with Ethiopian flatbread (called Injera), that can also be found at ethnic food shops or made at home by following one of these recipes.

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This meal is easy to make it and will satisfy your spicy cravings. You can swap the injera for homemade rice if you prefer.

Have you ever tasted Ethiopian food? 

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Places, Travel 10 comments on The Top 4 Ethnic Food Places in Beirut

The Top 4 Ethnic Food Places in Beirut

I can’t complain about our national food. The mezza and everyday dishes are nothing but healthy (unless you over-use oil or fatty ingredients) and full of flavor. But my weakness for spices and that mix of different ingredients that varies from one culture to another, gets the better of me every time I have to choose where to go out for a meal. I’m afraid to say that I prefer a great ethnic meal over our traditional food contrary to Jean’s opinion, but we’re working towards a compromise 😉

What I mean by the word “ethnic” is precisely what I mentioned above. For some (like myself), ethnic is food from other cultures, in which ingredients we know are used differently and ingredients we don’t know are there for us to discover. For others, the meaning of ethnic is different as it is only meant for specific cultures or countries around the world.

So when we don’t feel like cooking at home, here are the top ethnic food places we visit in Beirut that give my palate what it needs to feel satisfied.

1) Mótto, Mar Mikhaël, Beirut. This charming bohemian-style little place is located in one of Mar Mikhael’s streets. We went there several times for brunch (once for Sri Lankan and another time for Palestinian which was cooked by my good friend Hisham from Cook in 5 m2). I heard they also make exquisite Ethiopian meals so that’s on my list!

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2) Little China, Monot, Beirut. If you’re looking for a simple and authentic place to have a casual dinner with friends, that’s your place to go. Food is delicious and affordable.

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3) Onno, Bourj Hammoud or Badaro, Beirut. Onno is the place to go for the best Manti in town. Both Bourj Hammoud and Badaro restaurants are agreeable for a nice and cozy dinner.

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4) Jaï, Clémenceau, Beirut. Thaï food places are rare in Beirut. Jaï satisfies your Asian food cravings provided you reserve in advance as the place is tiny. They deliver but I’d advise you to go and have your meal there for a fresher experience.

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I have yet to try one of the Indian restaurants here in Beirut and let you know which one is my favorite. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated 🙂

What are your favorite ethnic food restaurants in Beirut? I’d love to know!

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