Ethiopian Injera with Shiro and Awaze Chilli Sauce

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15 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes


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In Ethiopia, injera - a type of fermented flatbread (a bit like a South Indian dosa) - is used as both the plate for all the different dishes in the meal as well as the cutlery for scooping everything up! Here we’re serving the injera with the Ethiopian version of a split pea dhal known as kik alicha, and a smooth bechamel-like spiced sauce known as shiro which is flavoured with a fragrant spice blend called berbere (pronounced ber bear ray). A beetroot dish, spinach dish, simple cottage cheese topped with nigella seeds and fiery awaze chilli sauce complete this vibrant meal.


15 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes






Veggie Friendly

Butter Spices: green cardamon, fenugreek, bay, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic

Awaze Sauce Spices: chilli, paprika, ginger, cloves, coriander, green cardamon, fenugreek, allspice, nutmeg, cumin, garlic, onion, turmeric, ajowan, salt, yellow MUSTARD

Injera Blend: mango powder, tamarind (tamarind, cornstarch)

Kik Alicha Spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, basil, ginger, garlic, onion

Berbere: chilli, paprika, ginger, cloves, coriander, green cardamon, fenugreek, allspice, nutmeg, cumin, garlic, onion, turmeric, ajowan, salt

Beetroot Blend: ajowan, cumin, green bell pepper, ginger

Spinach Blend: turmeric, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic

Nigella Seeds: nigella

*Allergens listed in CAPITALS

1 medium onion
3 cloves of garlic
500g beetroot
400g spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 lemon
300g cottage cheese
120g butter
2 tbsp tomato puree
200g split peas
1 tsp dried yeast (½ a standard-size sachet)
280g self-raising flour

Product Rating (9):


I have had a subscription for more than a year now and ordered extra boxes and kits also. I have enjoyed them all, some more than others. However, we really did not like this one. The tamarind flavour in the bread overall was awful as was the tomato sauce based dish. The whole thing was just sloppy in texture and not very nice.

Claire Taylor View More

Thanks for the feedback, Claire! It's really helpful to know that you didn't enjoy parts of the recipe, we'll pass this onto our development chefs in order to improve it for future boxes!


This was an absolute feast. I loved it! It’s been years since I’ve had the joy of living near an Ethiopian restaurant and this didn’t disappoint. I can’t believe you came up with a quick way to make injeera. Not quite the same but pretty close.

Sarah O’brien View More

Looks divine - good to hear that the meal didn't disappoint based on your experiences!


Unfortunately we did not enjoy this meal. The flat breads (injera) didn’t work, the batter was not the right consistency to fry meaning then we raw in the middle regardless of what we tried! The curries were also bland and sloppy. My favourite thing sadly was the cottage cheese (shop bought). Sorry the Spicery but you haven’t got this one right.

Georgina Lockwood View More

I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy this one - we'll let our team know about your feedback so that we can perhaps improve on this recipe.


I LOVE this recipe! I loved the food in Ethiopia and this was pretty much bang on :) I'm glad you've found a way to make injera too, it's impressively close to the real deal! The spinach dish is lush and the shiro absolutely delicious. I loved it so much I've bought it again!!

Sarah Oldham View More

That's so great to hear! Happy spicing!


With Alexa playing us African music on a sunny evening in our conservatory we could've been at worst enjoying a festival with this meal and at best maybe Ethiopia itself! Lockdown with this colourful vibrant tasty dish transcended our minds and tastebuds to a exotic idyll.

Jaine Harding View More

That sounds perfect - what a fab idea! Happy spicing!


Ethiopian feast, the bread was the hardest part not sure if I got it right, but was fun to do

Eileen Mclaughlin View More

That's what it's all about - have fun!


Still isolating! Catching up on a backlog of boxes and meals -this was the fifth this week in a trip to the east. We’ve been to India, Thailand, China, Japan and stopped off in Ethiopia on the way home! Lovely meal.

Sandra Murray View More

That looks fab, so colourful! Happy spicing!



Sarah Rees Jones View More

Wow! Great work Sarah


I never though that I would be able to cook such an amazing dish. But I did and the result was really delicious!

Ilaria Finardi View More

Looks fantastic, well done!

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