Kik Alicha

 Kik alicha is a traditional Ethiopian vegetarian dish made with yellow split peas, turmeric and niter kibbeh.


  • ½ lb yellow split peas
  • 1 white onion , finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons niter kibbeh (Ethiopian spicy clarified butter)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (to taste), halved lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon fine salt


  • Soak the yellow split peas in plenty of cold water for 1 hour.
  • Drain them.
  • Boil three times the volume of split peas in water.
  • As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the drained split peas.
  • Add the onion and cook, covered, for 45 minutes, or until the split peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Season with salt, mix, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and turmeric and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add the niter kibbeh and the peppers. Mix well so that the aromas diffuse in the split peas.
  • Serve piping hot with injera.