Tikil Gomen

Tikil-Gomen

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As part of our planned Ethiopian dinner excursion, we are hoping to make up Tikil Gomen. It’s a nice dish made from carrots, cabbage, and potatoes. And, like every Ethiopian dish we’ve had, it is traditionally eaten with your fingers and pieces of injera. We found a recipe online, which we’ve modified slightly to suit our tastes. Try it and see if you like it.

A quick note: The photos are from the first time we made this, but since then we’ve reduced the amount of cabbage to make a better dish. The ingredient list reflects the new, better amounts.

Serves 4

Tikil-Gomen

Tikil-Gomen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 head cabbage, shredded
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots, cut into sticks about 2 inches long
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

Abbreviated Instructions

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Add onions and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes.

Put in the cabbage and the spices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, or about 20 minutes.

Add potatoes. Once the potatoes are added, cover the pan and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until they are tender, or about 30 minutes. Add water, if necessary.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 head cabbage, shredded
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots, cut into sticks about 2 inches long
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
potatoes, carrits, cabbage, onion
The ingredient list for Tikil Gomen is short, but it is quite delicious

Ingredient discussion:

You should consider purchasing cumin and turmeric at a local ethnic market. It’ll probably be a lot cheaper. For the produce, fresher is better. Ideally, you should have about equal amounts of cabbage and potatoes.

Procedure:

Heat olive oil. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat until it shimmers.

carrots and onions
Cook the carrots and onions in the oil for about 5 minutes.

Add onions and carrots. The onions and carrot should sizzle when they hit the oil. If not, don’t worry, it’s all good. Cook for about 5 minutes.

cabbage and spices
Add the cabbage and spices. Then stir and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

Add cabbage and spices. Put in the cabbage and the spices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, or about 20 minutes.

Add potatoes. Once the potatoes are added, cover the pan and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until they are tender, or about 30 minutes. Watch the liquid level while cooking; you might have to add a bit of water from time to time.

Tikil Gomen
Tikil Gomen is a nice warming dish from Ethiopia. Yum!

Done. Serve with injera or other flatbread for eating

When we first made this recipe, we used more cabbage than is listed in the ingredients list. After making it, we think you should have about the same amount of cabbage as potatoes so we’ve made that change. Making it a second time, it tastes pretty much like you’d find at an Ethiopian restaurant. Five stars.

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