Shiro (food)

Shiro (food)

Shiro served upon injera is a staple food of Ethiopian cuisine and Eritrean cuisine
Type Stew
Place of origin Eritrea or Ethiopia
Main ingredients Chickpeas or broad beans, onions, garlic
Variations Shiro fit-fit
  Media: Shiro

Shiro is a homogeneous stew whose primary ingredient is powdered chickpeas or broad bean meal. It is often prepared with the addition of minced onions, garlic and, depending upon regional variation, ground ginger or chopped tomatoes and chili-peppers. Shiro is served atop injera (leavened flat bread) or kitcha (unleavened flat bread). However, it can be cooked in shredded taita and eaten with a spoon, this version would be called shiro fit-fit.

Shiro is an essential part of Eritrean cuisine and Ethiopian. It is a favorite dish during special occasions, including Lent, Ramadan, and other fasting seasons.

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

First process for preparing the flour for the variant shiro watt

See also


  • Ethiopian Millennium (electronic version, retrieved 19 June 2007)