Ga’at Recipe: My Favorite Ethiopian Food

Ga’at Recipe is my favorite Ethiopian food, and it is so easy to make at home. This dish is the perfect combination of sweet and savory that is sure to keep you full for hours.

It’s a staple food in Ethiopia, and it’s best served with Injera. I hope this article about the Ga’at Recipe will help you learn how to make it at home!

What Is GA At MADE OF?

Ga’at (GA-AH-TAY) refers to a type of porridge made with water, milk, spices, and chickpea flour (aka garbanzo beans), just like other kinds of porridge-like Indian congee or Japanese soba noodles called udon.

The most popular form is the Ga’at Adass which is made from red lentils (Red Lentil Porridge) and the yellow split peas (Yellow Split Pea Porridge), although you can find many varieties of Ga’at.

Ga’at Recipe: How Do You Make Ethiopian Porridge?

The process of making Ga’at is very similar to making Japanese udon noodles. First, you combine all the ingredients in a large pot in a specific order.

Next, you mix them together until well incorporated. Then, bring it to a boil and stir it frequently while letting it simmer on low heat. Then, serve hot with Injera.

Ga'at Recipe
Ga’at Recipe

Prepare Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 people


  • 1½ cups of water
  • 6 Tbsp dried chickpea flour (or use more)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground (optional)


Step 1: Place all ingredients in a large pot and heat over medium-high heat for three minutes. Then, let it sit for 2 minutes.

Step 2: Then, mix the ingredients together until well incorporated.

Step 3: Bring it to a boil and stir it frequently while letting it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached. Serve hot with Injera and cooked garnish after you are done eating.

Serve With Injera (bread) and cooked garnish after you are done eating.

Nutrition Fact:

Per 1 cup (250 ml) of Ga’at Recipe

Calories689 KJ (156 kcal)
Protein12.54 g
Carbohydrate85.71 g
Fat0.47 g
Fiber12.68 g
Sodium0 mg

Health Benefits Of Ga’at

Ga’at is a very healthy and nutritious food that is full of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It’s a good source of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates.

Many studies have shown that lentils are an excellent source of dietary fiber because they can help maintain regular bowel movements in people with digestive complaints, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and diarrhea. Additionally, lentils are a good source of potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin B1, and iron.

The fiber in lentils is also very beneficial for people who want to lose weight because it can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

The fiber helps you feel full longer and makes it harder for carbohydrates to be digested and absorbed by the body.

If a person is trying to lose weight or prevent gaining weight in the first place, they should aim to eat more fiber-rich foods such as lentils that are naturally filling.

Additionally, lentils can help people with diabetes maintain healthy blood sugar levels because they are a good source of fiber. It helps to lower the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Additionally, lentils are a good source of dietary fiber and protein, so they can help you feel full longer and stay satisfied for longer periods of time.

The Bottom Line

The red lentils (red Ga’at) are the most popular. The yellow split peas (yellow Ga’at) tend to have a rather earthy flavor and take longer to cook than the red ones.

You can also buy Ga’at in powder form if you want to make your own. Another dish similar to GA At but made with green split peas is Doro Wat, popular in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

I hope you try this recipe at home and enjoy it as much as I do. Enjoy Ga’at Recipe!

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I am Naznin, the recipe creator and blogger behind Foods Kitchen (since 2021). I like to try new recipes, especially when they are delicious, so those are my recipes... Hope you like it! Thank you for your time!
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