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Miti'n SHIRO

Miti’n Shiro is a staple dish in Ethiopia's & Eritrean cuisine. It's a simple, yet delicious dish served frequently if not daily in many Ethiopian & Eritrean households. 

Miti'n Shiro is a classic blend of Roasted chickpeas, shallots, roasted garlic, ginger, berbere and various spices. It is a vegetarian dish (actually it’s vegetarian and gluten free!)  It is a favorite dish during special occasions, including Lent, Ramadan and other fasting seasons.

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The chickpeas give the stew a beautiful texture and nutty flavor. It is very smooth, almost the consistency of a thickened pureed soup. The flavors that enhance the Shiro are the classic Ethiopian ingredients Berbere spice (a chili powder-based spice blend), Nitter Kibbeh (Ethiopian spiced clarified butter) onions, tomatoes, and garlic. 

We are so happy to share our Tsiona Foods Shiro with a cooking recipe.


1 cup Shiro Mix

½ cup Sunflower oil

4-5 cloves of minced garlic

1 medium yellow onion 

1 medium tomato diced

4 cup of water 

Salt as needed

Prep Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 20 - 30 min


  1. In a medium size pot, cook the onions on medium-high heat for several minutes, stirring frequently, until they start to get brown.

  2. Add the oil and cook for a few more minutes. 

  3. Continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes then add tomatoes

  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes.  Add 3 cup of water and continue to simmer

  5. Start adding Shiro mix gradually, stirring with a wire whisk until all lumps disappear. Shiro will start to get thick and pop.

  6. Let it cook for 15 - 20 minutes 

  7. Continuously add a small amount of water, while stirring for 1-2 minutes or until desired Shiro thickness.

    • With more cooking time, Shiro stew will continue to become thicker.  It's always best to add a small amount of extra water and let it cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.

8. Add the garlic and salt (as needed), stir well, and continue simmering until oil

starts appearing for 2-3 minutes.

Shiro is served with injera, rice, rolls, or regular bread. It can also be mixed with injera and cooked together to have shiro fitfit.  

It is a vegan food, but there are non-vegan variations including niter kibbeh (a spiced, clarified butter) or meat (in which case it is called bozena shiro).

~ Enebla! | Enjoy!!

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