Potatoes with Beetroot and Garlic

    55 minutes

    This is an African vegetarian dish, known in Ethiopia as Key sir alicha. It is made with beetroot, potatoes, onions, garlic and ginger.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided, or to taste
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (optional)
    • 2 large beetroot, diced
    • 1 cup (250 ml) water, or more as needed
    • 4 large potatoes, diced

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add onion and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir onion until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add diced beetroot and stir to combine. Pour water over mixture and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to the boil.
    2. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until beetroot are easily pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft but not falling apart, about 15 minutes.

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    Made this for my significant other, who is Ethiopian, and he said it was better than the Ethiopian restaurant he frequents. Used red onion (half cup instead of whole onion) instead of yellow but not sure that made any difference. Added jalapenos at the very end  -  22 Jan 2019  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've made this a few times for Ethiopian friends, and they loves it. I like it with a lot of ginger but was told that's not authentic.  -  12 Jun 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yum! Happened to have all the ingredients one night so I threw this together. Omitted the optional ginger and added a bit of garlic salt and a squeeze of lemon - tasting as I went. Also used peanut oil by accident (picked the wrong bottle out of the pantry - oops!), will use again. Overall a simple side I'll make whenever I find myself with all the ingredients.  -  07 May 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)