If you are going to cook up a pot of Doro Wat (a very hot Ethiopian chicken stew) then you should really try to be as authentic as possible and that will involve the use of some niter kibbeh - Ethiopian spiced clarified butter. Essentially a flavoured form of ghee this butter is magical for a variety of uses, not just Doro Wat, so you needn't worry about it going to waste. Just dunking fresh bread into warmed niter kibbeh is extremely pleasant and moreish.
You can probably pick this up in specialist shops in larger cities but making your own is really very straightforward so why not give it a go?
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
Thumb size piece of fresh ginger, cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 green cardamom pods
1x 2-3cm cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
5g fenugreek seeds
The photo above shows the kibbeh still warm, it will of course go solid when cooled and also change colour.
And that is all there is to it! Very easy with taste-bud pleasing results.
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