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5 from 10 votes

Sega Wat (Spicy Ethiopian Beef Stew)

Sega Wat is the beef version of Doro Wat, the national dish of Ethiopia.  Incredibly delicious with a wonderfully deep and robust flavor, your taste buds will thank you!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, ethiopian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 6 tablespoons niter kibbeh , divided
  • OR Homemade Niter Kibbeh
  • 3 cups chunky pureed onions (pulse in food processor to form a chunky paste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup berbere spice blend
  • Homemade Berbere Recipe ,HIGHLY recommended!
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup strong beef broth
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and pierced all over with a fork 1/4 inch deep


  • Heat 3 tablespoons of niter kibbeh or butter in a heavy pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions and cook, covered, over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon niter kibbeh and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the berbere and the 2 remaining tablespoons of niter kibbeh and cook, covered, over low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the beef, broth, salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Adjust the seasonings, adding more berbere according to taste and heat preference. Add the hard-boiled eggs and simmer on low heat, covered, for another 10 to heat through.  
  • Half or quarter the eggs and arrange on the plates with the stew.  Serve hot with Ethiopian injera, bread or rice.
    *This stew is even better the next day after the flavors have had more time to meld.
Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3.9mg