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Zigni (Beef Stew)

Zigni is a delicious beef stew considered to be the national dish of Eritirea
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Eritrea and Ethiopia
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 445kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2.5 lbs. beef cubed
  • 2 onions diced finely
  • 4 sweet peppers very finely diced (red or yellow bells)
  • 4 tomatoes very finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable seasoning salt like vegeta
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoons Berbere seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 can 8 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ghee or nitter kibbeh


  • In a large pot heat up the oil and add in the beef, cook a few minutes until browned and add in the onions. Cook together just a couple of minutes and add in all the other ingredients except for the berbere, ghee or nitter kibbeh, and minced garlic. Stir everything together and cook covered on medium heat for two hours.
  • Add in the berbere seasoning, ghee or nitter kibbeh and minced garlic, stir, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm over pasta or injera.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1118mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2400IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 5mg