Ethiopian beef stew 

Zizil Alicha Wot

Zizil Alicha wot is a mild Ethiopian beef stew. The meat is cut into thin long strips up to 50 cm / 20 inches long and fried and cooked in a combination of fragrant spices, vegetables and garnished with mild jalapeno chilies.

Unlike many Ethiopian cooking recipes that use a lot of hot chilies and paprika this Alicha wot recipe although very aromatic stays entirely away from hot spices and in this way can virtually be enjoyed by anyone that enjoys a savory beef stew. 

Preparation time: 25 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 50 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 1 H 15 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard

This recipe was inspired by Sarah you can find her recipe here

Ethiopian beef stew
Zizil Alicha Wot

Ingredients  for  Ethiopian beef stew  -  Zizil Alicha WotIngredients for Ethiopian beef stew - Zizil Alicha Wot
  • 300 gram lean beef, cut into 2 or 3 long strips 
  • 1 white or red onion 
  • Olive- or sunflower oil 
  • 3 tbs. Butter  
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 
  • A 2.5 cm / 1 inch piece of fresh ginger grated or chopped 
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1 clove, ground 
  • Pinch of nutmeg 
  • Content of one cardamom pod, ground 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 2 jalapeno chilies, cut into long strips 
Beef cut into long strips  for Ethiopian mild beef stewBeef cut into long strips for Ethiopian mild beef stew


  • Heat oil in a pan with a non-stick surface, add the meat and fry it for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add 2 tbs. of butter, lower the heat to medium and continue to fry the meat for another one or two minutes till it becomes a little crispy.
  • Remove the meat from the pan and keep it warm in the oven.
  • Leave the oil in the pan to use for the gravy. Add the onions to the pan and cook them till they are golden brown. This should take about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the Turmeric, garlic, ginger, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, salt and 100ml of water. Stir all and cover the pot letting the contents boil on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add another 100ml of water, stir content of pan, cover with the lid again and let it boil for another 15 minutes.
  • Once the meat is tender and the gravy has thickened a little add the green chilies, and let them simmer in the pot for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve hot with potatoes or rice of your choice.

  • Serves 2 (recalculate for more or less people)

Shoko - Ghanaian Beef and Spinach Stew

Durban Chicken Curry (mild)

Hot Ghanaian Chicken Stew

Return to the home page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Share your favorite recipes with the world!

Share your recipe - You got a favorite dish? Is there a recipe that your mum or your granny always cooked for you that you remember from your childhood? Share it with the world! The 20 most popular recipes of each month will be published on a dedicated page for everybody to see.

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics of your Recipe (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)


Recent Articles

  1. beef broth

    Apr 23, 18 10:52 AM

    This clear beef broth recipe is a typical German dish that is served either as a starter or even a main course at festive occasions.

    Read More

  2. Cape carolina reaper curry

    Apr 20, 18 11:53 AM

    This Cape carolina reaper curry is part of my series of dishes I am cooking with this super hot chili.

    Read More

  3. Carolina reaper chicken curry

    Apr 18, 18 06:34 AM

    My carolina reaper chicken curry was extremely yummy and of course quite hot. This is not surprising with the Carolina Reaper chili being regarded until recently as the hottest chili in the world.

    Read More

Top 10 Recipes of September 2017

Top 10 Recipes of August 2017

Top 10 Recipes of July 2017

Top 20 Recipes of June 2017

Top 10 Recipes of May 2017

Top 10 Recipes of April 2017 

Indian Recipes

German Recipes

Condiment Recipes

Seafood Recipes

Soup Recipes

South African Recipes

Casserole Recipes