Ethiopia is famously known for its meat culture and shiro is a vegetarian’s best friend. It’s a stew made with chickpeas and broad beans. It is also referred to as ‘fasting food’ because Orthodox Christians during their fast eat shiro on Wednesdays and Fridays during which they abstain from dairy and meat.
There are different variations of shiro depending on the region making it, however, it usually has chilli, minced onions and garlic and the distinctive color and its creamy texture are universal. Most traditional restaurants serve shiro in a small clay pot as its bubbling and piping hot.