Atakilt Wat – Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage, Carrot, and Potatoes

This easy Vegan Atakilt Wat recipe is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner! 

This easy Ethiopian Cabbage Carrot dish one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

I absolutely ADORE Ethiopian food. One of my favorite places to eat in town is this little Ethiopian restaurant.

This easy Ethiopian Potatoes dish is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

First of all, there’s just something amazing about being told it’s okay to eat with your hands. This might be why I also love Moroccan food so much. And also because it tastes so darn good.

This easy Ethiopian Cabbage and Potatoes dish is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

But about the Ethiopian food: it is so fun to grab a piece of injera (Ethiopian flatbread, which I don’t know how to make, so I just used store bought naan for this pictures… so shoot me) and use it to scoop up warmly spiced red lentils (misir wot), spicy slow-cooked kale (gomen), and, of course, berbere-spiced cabbage, carrots, and potatoes (atakilt wat).

This easy Ethiopian Potatoes and Carrots dish is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

At this point you might be wondering about the berbere. What the heck is it, right?

It’s a spice mixture commonly used in Ethiopian cooking, but at my house it’s a magic bottle that instantly Ethiopian-izes anything I put it on. What could be a boring bowl of veggies is transformed into warm, fragrant, perfectly spiced comfort food.

This easy Ethiopian Cabbage Carrot Potato dish is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

Like just about every other spice I own, I get my berbere from Frontier – it’s organic, perfectly balanced, and always tastes fresh. You can grab a bottle of it on Amazon here.

If you’re feeling frisky you can also make your own blend using this recipe from Cate over at Girl Cooks World. I’ve used her recipe before and it turned out great! Just don’t skip out on the Fenugreek – berbere just isn’t berbere without it.

This easy Ethiopian Potatoes and Cabbage dish is one of my favorite parts of any Ethiopian meal! Humble Atakilt Wat is made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes spiced with fragrant Berbere seasoning. Serve it with simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for an easy weeknight dinner!

Atakilt wat, Ethiopian cabbage and carrots, is typically served as part of a spread of small dishes served with injera, but I also like to eat this over a bed of basmati rice.

Sometimes I even drizzle it with a little bit of extra olive oil right before I dig in. Don’t skimp on the cilantro leaves!

Here’s the Recipe!

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A bowl with Atakilt Wat garnished with fresh cilantro.

Ethiopian Cabbage (Atakilt Wat) Recipe

Delight in the flavors of Ethiopia with this simple yet exotic Ethiopian Cabbage dish. This Atakilt Wat is a blend of cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, perfectly spiced with Berbere, making for an irresistible weeknight dinner.
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: African
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped medium onion - yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons berbere seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste - or ¾ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chopped medium carrots
  • 2 cups chopped boiling potatoes - such as Yukon gold
  • 4 cups roughly chopped green cabbage - about ½ a medium head of cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until the onions have softened.
  • Add the Berbere seasoning and ginger paste; fry for 60 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and ½ teaspoon of salt to the pan. Cover the pan and allow it to cook for 10 minutes, checking once halfway through to stir and add a splash of vegetable broth or water if needed.
  • After ten minutes, add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, stir, and turn the heat down to low.
  • Recover the pan and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Garnish with black pepper and cilantro.

NOTES

Storage Info:
You can store Ethiopian Cabbage leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, retaining its flavor and texture. To freeze, place airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months.
For reheating, thaw it in the fridge if frozen, then warm it in a microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat until heated through. Stir occasionally to ensure even reheating and to maintain the dish's texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5423IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note that atakilt wat recipe is also spelled as atakilt wot recipe.  Also, it is often misspelled as atkilt wat recipe, atkilt wot recipe, ata kilt wot recipe and ata kilt wat recipe.

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  1. 5 stars
    My vegetarian sister shared this recipe with me. It smells amazing. It was easy and delicious. A bit spicy for me, so I’ll cut back the berbere a little next time. We had over basmati rice. Yum!!!

  2. This was FANTASTIC! I parboiled and fried the potatoes separately so they’d be crispy, and used a homemade derivative of berebere that swaps the red chilies and paprika for some homemade chili powder, so it wasn’t spicy. Also used red instead of yellow onion. This will *definitely* become my go-to recipe for using up leftover cabbage!