Food Adventures: Ethiopian Cuisine; Siga Wot (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

Posted by on July 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm.

As suspected, my Presto 8 qt. Pressure Cooker makes meat extremely tender. I didn’t taste it, but my  daughter and father told me it was tender.

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Adding ingredients to make my Siga Wot


A few hours ago, I made Siga Wot for both of them. My mother is working so I made enough for my father. I cut the beef into cubes and trimmed off the fat; there wasn’t much to trim. I also added tomatoes, garlic, basil, herbal tea and a variety of spices and herbs.

Before I added all the ingredients, I seared the beef in a bit of olive oil (to lock in the juices.) I wanted the beef cubes to be moist and tender. I used my brand-new 8 qt. pressure cooker!  Once I’d finished searing the beef, I added the remaining ingredients, and closed the lid so the pressure cooking could begin. I’m still new to making anything besides dried beans in a pressure cooker, so there’s a lot to learn. I referred to the included booklet to see how long I needed to pressure cook the beef.

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Total cook time was fifteen minutes. I took off the pressure cooker lid, after the pressure had been released and saw this… as you can see there is a lot of liquid! I imagine this would make a nice  beef stock, if you didn’t want to use the liquid with your stew.

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Siga Wot Ethiopian Beef Stew made in my pressure cooker


My daughter and father said this turned out very well. I must say it did smell delicious! It was simple to make, delicious, according to them, and definitely nutritious! Sure I’m vegan, but I do take the time to prepare non-vegan/vegetarian meals for my loved ones. Why? I want to make sure they are eating healthy foods also.

Besides this dish, there was also Tikil Gomen (Ethiopian Cabbage dish) which was made yesterday. Guess what? That dish tasted even better today! You know how that is, some dishes taste even better once it has marinated. Additionally, there were garbanzo beans. I’d made those in the Pressure Cooker yesterday.

I’ll definitely write a post about my Presto 8 qt. Pressure Cooker after I have had the chance to use it for a while. Thus far, I’m extremely impressed since it greatly reduces the cook time of the variety of foods I’ve prepared. Although I’ve only had it one day, I’ve already made a lot of foods with my pressure cooker.


  • suituapui says:

    15 minutes!!! That would take hours over the gas stove…and the meat would still be as tough as leather…and many many hours if using the slow cooker. Hmmm…I must look for a small one, if not here…maybe when I hop over to Kuala Lumpur again. 🙁
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    Opal Reply:

    It’s very impressive @suituapui,

    I’ve heard about the drastic time reduction when using a pressure cooker and it makes perfect sense, I know when I can foods in my 23 qt. pressure cooker, it doesn’t take long at all!

    I’ve been meaning to buy a smaller sized pressure cooker for years. I’m so glad that I finally purchased one. 🙂


  • Jennifer says:

    Uuummm…I think some of my comments have been disappearing, sorry! Thought I commented on this one, too! Anyways…

    You can’t go wrong with the Tomato, Basil, and Garlic combo – in my book! LOVE those!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, I know right! 🙂
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