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Ethiopian Tofu and Hard-Boiled Egg Stew
with couscous / green salad

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This Ethiopian stew is a vegetarian twist on the chicken-based Doro Wat. The result is a spiced tomato base that is comforting and surprisingly familiar even if this is your first time preparing Ethiopian food. 

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Ethiopian Tofu Stew:
  • Eggs - 4
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz, 1/2” / 1.3 cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Berbere spice - 1 Tbsp, more or less, depending on your spice preference
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
  • Tomato sauce (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can (sub tomato puree)
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
Couscous:
  • Stock, any type - 3/4 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Couscous, uncooked - 3/4 cup
Mixed Greens Salad with Yogurt and Turmeric:
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 3 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground - 1/8 tsp
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz (sub any salad greens)

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Prep

  1. Boil eggs - Cover eggs with cold water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn off heat. Put a lid on the pan and let eggs sit in hot water for 11 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make couscous - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Combine stock, salt, and butter (portion for couscous) in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Onions / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Make turmeric dressing - Whisk together yogurt, oil, vinegar, water, honey, and turmeric until smooth. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  5. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first, like in this video. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.3 cm thick cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add butter (portion for stew). When butter melts, add onions, garlic, and ginger. Saute until fragrant and tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in Berbere spice and salt and saute for 2 minutes more.

  3. Add in tofu and cook until tofu is heated through and coated in spices, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour stock and tomato sauce over tofu. 

  4. Cover pot with a lid and reduce temperature to a low simmer. Simmer stew, covered, for 10 minutes to let flavors develop.

  5. Roll eggs against a hard, flat surface to break up shells. Remove and discard shells, leaving eggs whole.

  6. Return to stew. Remove lid and gently stir in lemon juice. Nestle eggs in sauce. Simmer, covered, for 10 more minutes to flavor the eggs.

  7. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half if doubled).

  8. Toss greens in turmeric dressing until dressed to your liking.

  9. Serve stew over couscous with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (38)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (7)

Most Helpful

Thumbs up from our family of four! The only change we made was leaving out the eggs since our kids have egg allergies, but it was still so good!

By: Jackie
Posted: Nov 17, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

28 reviews

I used chicken thighs since I had them. We like spicy and this was perfect. Not sure what the egg added and may skip that next time for fewer calories.

By: Liz
Posted: Dec 09, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved this but beware it is spicy.

By: Namrita
Posted: Dec 07, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I thought this was absolutely delicious. Found using a paper towel made pulling the sink off the chicken SO much easier. Would make again 100%.

By: Angela
Posted: Nov 30, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy, flexible, delicious!

By: MEGAN
Posted: Nov 24, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Will definitely make this again!

By: Alison
Posted: Nov 22, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was fantastic-- a new favorite cook smarts recipe. I LOVE a pour and go insta pot recipe, this was ridiculously easy and oh-so-flavorful. I only wish I had made more couscous to go with the meat. Will be making it again for sure!

By: Sarah
Posted: Nov 22, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful