Alicha Wot Recipe

Here is an easy-to-follow directions for a tasty meat based Ethiopian meal – Alicha Wot, also known as Yebeg Alicha.


  • 2 lbs. lamb chops (ribs and meat)
  • 1/4 cup butter (Niter Kibbeh, Ethiopian clarified butter)
  • 2 cups white onions (thinly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root juice or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon false cardamom (Korerima)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 chili peppers (seeded and sliced)
  • 6 cups Water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cut the ribs in smaller sizes and the meat in small strips, wash it with cold Water.
  2. Boil Water in large pot; add the cleaned ribs and the meat; cook it for 10 minutes and strain.
  3. In medium heat, cook the onion with two cups of Water (adding the Water gradually); stir continuously until tender (10-15 minutes).
  4. Add the butter, garlic, ginger-root juice, bishop weed and cook for five minutes.
  5. Add the ribs and the meat; stir for five minutes; put four cups of Water and turmeric; cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Add false cardamom, salt to taste and cook to simmer; at the end, add the hot peppers and remove from heat.

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