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"Fossolia is a delicious green bean dish. Like many other Ethiopian dishes, there are countless ways to prepare them. It’s very easy to make and doesn’t require any special hard-to-find Ethiopian spices, so it’s an ideal recipe to start with if you are new to Ethiopian cooking."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (474.5 g)
  • Calories 284.9
  • Total Fat - 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 431.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.9 g
  • Sugars - 12.6 g
  • Protein - 4.9 g
  • Calcium - 115.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 36 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Start by cooking the onions on medium heat for about seven minutes, or until the onions begin to turn translucent and soften.

Step 2

Add the oil and continue cooking for several more minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the tomato paste and allow several minutes for the ingredients to simmer together.

Step 4

Add the green beans and carrots, stir well, and cover.

Step 5

Continue cooking on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, then add the tomato, ginger, garlic, and salt, and simmer until all of the vegetables are tender.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to use fresh green beans for the best flavor.
  • If you can't find tomato paste in a can, you can substitute tomato sauce instead.

  • Substitute olive oil for canola oil - Olive oil has a higher smoke point than canola oil, so it can be cooked at higher temperatures without burning. This will help to ensure that the vegetables are cooked thoroughly and evenly.
  • Substitute red onions for yellow onions - Red onions have a milder flavor than yellow onions, which will allow the other flavors in the dish to come through more clearly.

Moroccan Fossolia Replace the canola oil with olive oil, and add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric to the tomato paste. Replace the carrots with 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of slivered almonds. Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the vegetables and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Moroccan Lentil Stew Replace the canola oil with olive oil, and add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric to the tomato paste. Replace the carrots with 1/2 cup of cooked lentils and 1/2 cup of diced potatoes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander to the vegetables and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

RECOMMENDED DISH: Injera - A traditional Ethiopian flatbread made from teff flour. It's the perfect accompaniment to Fossolia as it provides a delicious, spongy texture that complements the flavors of the dish. Injera is also a great way to soak up all the delicious juices from the dish!

RECOMMENDED DISH: Gomen Wat - A traditional Ethiopian side dish made with collard greens, garlic, and onions. This dish provides a delicious and savory flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet and tangy flavors of Fossolia. Gomen Wat is also a great way to add some additional nutrition to the meal!


Q: How long should I cook Fossolia for?

A: The total cooking time for Fossolia is around 25-30 minutes. Cook the onions for 7 minutes, then add the oil and tomato paste and simmer for several minutes. Add the beans and carrots, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes. Finally, add the tomato, ginger, garlic, and salt and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Q: What ingredients do I need for Fossolia?

A: To make Fossolia, you will need oil, onions, tomato paste, beans, carrots, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and salt.

4 Reviews


I loved this and will make it again as a topping for brown rice. The fresh green beans didnt look to nice so I used a 28 ounce can of cut green beans that I drained and matchstick carrots so not to overcook the beans. Also used petite diced tomatoes and dried ginger as I am not a fan of fresh. Great side dish for the meatloaf I made and would eat this by itself. Congrats Vic on you win! Made and reviewed for the Football Pool 2018 -- Week 19.


review by:
(19 Jan 2019)


Excellent recipe. I loved the combination of beans, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and ginger. This came together for a flavorful side dish. Thank you!


review by:
(11 Feb 2018)


Oh! How we loved this recipes. My husband said immidiately as well that this is "so good!" It's very easy to be prepared and highly recommended!


review by:
(25 Jan 2018)


Wish I could give ten stars! I just loved the combo of the garlic and ginger with this, and I think the time spent "frying" the tomato paste made a big difference. Simply said, this recipe is better than the sum of its parts. I will most definitely be making this again! Made for CQ4 play, Team Happy Campers. Thanks for posting this - it's going straight into my Favorites! UPDATE 1/2018: I LOVE this recipe! It's good hot or cold, and I've made it countless times since CQ4. Goes well with many different types of cuisines! PS: I double the garlic and ginger, use a can of diced tomatoes (slightly drained). Yum!!!


review by:
(1 Aug 2017)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Fossolia is a traditional Ethiopian dish that was served to former U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Ethiopia in 2015.

Fun Fact 2: The dish is said to have been created by a famous Ethiopian chef named Zenebech Teferra, who is known for her creative use of spices and herbs in her recipes.