Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew)

March 11, 2014
Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew) - A simple, inexpensive stew full of onions, garlic, and split peas. It’s mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily and a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine

This week I was reminded of a lesson on the power of caring for one's self ..

from two incredibly beautiful women .. both in their 60s

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew) - A simple, inexpensive stew full of onions, garlic, and split peas. It’s mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily and a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine

I settled onto the comfy sofa in the waiting room of Toyota's service department .. as one hand rummaged through my backpack .. my eyes caught a glimpse of People Magazine.  “Holy Smokes .. is that right??  Christie Brinkley is 60!”

60?!

No gimmicks or plastic surgery .. instead she's lived a life of clean eating .. daily exercise .. a positive attitude .. and staying engaged with the world around her.  Not perfectly .. but consistently .. for a very, very long time

(ps: She also credits monthly facials & hair extensions .. I had to smile)

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew) - A simple, inexpensive stew full of onions, garlic, and split peas. It’s mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily and a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine

A few nights later .. I stood in front of a room full of people .. lucky enough to say a few words about each of the women I'd coached through the latest 9-week health challenge   Each had done beautifully .. accomplishing so very much .. it was fun to celebrate not only for them .. but with them as well

As I neared the end of the my stories .. I grew ever more excited to share about a woman, I now get to call friend.  In 2 short weeks she'll be 67 .. as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

Her job is physical .. working outdoors in the elements rain or shine .. logging more steps on her fitbit than most will in their entire day.  After work she comes to a rigorous exercise class before heading home to a life filled with kids .. grandkids .. friends .. and neighbors.

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew) - A simple, inexpensive stew full of onions, garlic, and split peas. It’s mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily and a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine

She's done it consistently for many .. many years .. never complaining .. everything done with a smile & a twinkle in her eye.  If you asked her (I did) .. she feels like she's 25.

I told her that night .. in front of everyone .. I hope I've helped her .. but at the same time she's done just as much for me.   One day .. when I'm her age .. I want to follow in her footsteps .. a shining example to someone else .. the power of being kind to your body .. feeding it well  .. staying in motion .. and never slowing down on the journey to be just a little better each & every day

Over the we weekend cooked one of her favorites to give to her .. Kik Alicha .. a classic Ethiopian dish Kathy brought (all the way from Minneapolis!) to January's food swap.

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew) - A simple, inexpensive stew full of onions, garlic, and split peas. It’s mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily and a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine

A simple stew .. inexpensive to make .. full of onions, garlic, and split peas.  It's mild as well as savory .. creamy yet not oily .. a wonderful diversion from the spiciness that typically accompanies Ethiopian cuisine.

Serve with injera instead of eating utensils if you'd like to be truly authentic

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  Thank-you Kathy for making the 3 hour trip to come to our swap!  The effort was non-trivial .. and we're so very glad you did.   Please .. come again anytime .. 

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Kik Alicha (Ethiopian yellow split pea stew)
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 5 large purple onions
  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 1 (16 oz) bag yellow split peas
  • 2 t. tumeric
  • Fresh minced garlic to taste
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In large, heavy pot, cover peas with 3” water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook till tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, puree the onions in a food processor or blender. Cook the puree in heavy pot until they're tender and just turning brown (note: they will be dry).
  3. Add the olive oil, tumeric and salt, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the cooked split peas (water included) to the onion mixture, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the consistency is similar to pea soup.
  5. Stir in garlic and serve with injera
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 10
% Carbs: 38
% Fat: 61
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/12 Total Recipe Calories: 260 Fat: 18.71 Carbohydrates: 24.92 Sugar: 4 Protein: 6.67

18 Comments

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  • Reply Chanel van Reenen January 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    this looks delicious! I love how few ingredients there are!

  • Reply Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching January 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    One of my staple snacks is a Greek variation of this. The recipe is similar, it is just served with olive oil, lemon juice and fresh onion sliced n top. Fingers crossed I too can be a fabulous 67 year old!

  • Reply Amanda | Maple Alps January 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    The one time I had Ethiopian food, it was not a good experience. This looks delicious and I would definitely try this. I really do want to give this cuisine another chance!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I have to confess I have never tried Ethopian food but this split pea stew looks delicious! It looks very similar to daal!

  • Reply Katherine Turro January 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    This looks delicious! I love Ethiopian food but I’ve never tried making it at home – you make it look easy!

  • Reply Madeline January 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I love the sound of the flavors in this veggie stew! So bright and colorful too.

  • Reply Mama Munchkin January 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I’m so excited to try this. We are an adoptive family and I have a son from Ethiopia. Not very many recipes out there so this will be special. I’m going to be 35 next week and I am trying my best to eat clean and be happy bc I want to live a long and healthy life.

  • Reply David January 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I never tasted something like this or simmilair. I would have to try, it sounds amazing.

  • Reply emma white January 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    oh this looks and sounds pretty amazing and I really should give it a try for myself

  • Reply Freya Farrington January 14, 2017 at 5:18 am

    This recipe looks delicious! and dare I say it, fairly straight forward and something I could definitely have a go at!

  • Reply kathryn Maher January 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Lovely recipe and very healthy ingredients. I must try it. I love split peas.

  • Reply Eugenia January 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I’ve never tried Ethopian food but this yellow split pea stew looks so yummy! Amazing recipe, I definitely should try to make it!

  • Reply Mary January 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This look really delicious. I’ve never tried Ethiopian food, but I’d definitely try this!

  • Reply suchin January 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Love Ethiopian food &love the lentil stew!!! Thank for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Ana Ojha January 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I love Ethiopian cuisine! Last month I went to an Ethiopian restaurant and tried Kik Alicha and loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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