This Healthy Ethiopian Vegan Potato Stew is the Perfect Fall Comfort Food

A bowl of Ethiopian potato stew
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
2 to 4 servings

This Ethiopian potato stew (AKA dinich wot) is one of my favourite plant-based stews for fall. It’s incredibly hearty, spicy and super easy to make. Traditionally this recipe is served on top of a large platter of injera with other colourful vegan stews. However, it can be enjoyed with rice, fonio or in my case on its own with fresh bread on the side. I also love to substitute in ingredients like sweet potato, pumpkin and okra to switch up the flavours. Feel free to add your own twist on it and warm up this fall with a bowl of Ethiopian comfort food.

Love Eden’s Ethiopian vegan potato stew? Try her teff breakfast bowl or quick and tasty guava tarts.



large yellow onions, finely chopped
Tbsp berbere spice
cloves minced garlic
Tbsp minced ginger
cup crushed tomato
large potatoes, peeled and chopped into thick chunks
1 ½
cup hot water (adjust as needed)
Salt, to taste



To kick things up, you can stir in a spoonful of korarima spice (Ethiopian Black cardamom) a few minutes before the stew is done cooking.

potato stew ingredients
Step 1

To a large heated pot, add oil and onions. Once the onions begin to caramelize, add berbere spice, stir well so the onions are coated. (Each Berbere blend is different, some blends are spicier than others, so feel free to adjust the amount to fit your taste).

Ingredients for Ethiopian potato stew
Step 2

Add garlic and ginger and add a bit of water as necessary to the pot.

Step 3

Add crushed tomato and mix well. Add some water as necessary to prevent the mixture from burning.

Step 4

Once the ingredients are well incorporated, add the diced potatoes and hot water slowly and bring to simmer. Be careful not to add too much water.

Step 5

Cover with lid and stir occasionally adding more water as necessary.

Step 6

Once the potatoes are tender and the stew is finished, serve with injera, rice or on its own. Enjoy!

Ethiopian potato stew, ready to serve

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