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The goal of this website is to promote the Ethiopian cuisine and the enumerable Ethiopian Restaurants located across the world serving delightful, healthy, and delicious dishes, along with a truly Ethiopian hospitality. With the growing love and appreciation for Ethiopian food around the world, Ethiopian Food Guide is a valuable tool that can help you find an Ethiopian Restaurant located near you.
In addition to finding a Restaurant near you, the website provides you with valuable information on several Ethiopian dishes, including how to make them and what to serve with them. Ethiopian Food Guide is also a great place to learn more about the rich & diverse cultures, traditions and history of Ethiopia; a country shrouded in mystery for thousands of years until very recently.
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Welcome to Lucy Lounge & Restaurant Lucy Lounge & Restaurant is well known for its unique and interesting decor as well as its humble and courteous staff. You can find us at the St. George Street in Arada Sub City, Next to National Museum, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. We look forward to serving you!
Arat-kelo national museum Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
About Addis in Cape Addis in Cape provides you with a unique dining experience in the beautiful central part of Cape Town, where we proudly celebrated 10 years in 2017. We strive to showcase Ethiopia’s rich history and traditions and have gone to great lengths to ensure your dining experience is as authentically Ethiopian as possible. From the traditional furnishings and the classic Ethiopian coffee ceremony to the serving of food itself, we offer an exotic alternative to anything you may be used to. With its authentic decor and cuisine, sharing a meal at Addis in Cape is bound to be an experience you, your family and friends will remember. Welcome to Addis in Cape
41 Church Street, Cape Town
Welcome! The Café Abol brings you a small piece of Ethiopia to the front door! Enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony with us and relax as you escape the stressful everyday life. Not only because Ethiopia is the country of origin of coffee, but also because it is a centuries-old tradition to drink coffee festively and in its own way, Ethiopian coffee has its own individual note that distinguishes it from other types of coffee. We have roasted high quality organic coffee beans from Ethiopia directly from cooperative farmers’ imports and freshly from us. In Café Abol you have the opportunity to get to know our culture by diving in, observing, learning and of course also tasting. With us, too, embark on a culinary journey through Ethiopian cuisine that is unlike any other. Between vegan and spicy dishes, you have a selection of typical Ethiopian dishes. And just like at home, we eat with our fingers! Fun for kids and grown-ups! Visit us in the first Ethiopian café in Graz and let us enchant you. You can organize your private celebrations with us (Christmas, birthday, wedding, etc.) with up to 35 people in the Café ABOL. Please inform us when making […]
Schönaugasse 16, A-8010 Graz
Welcome! Most everyone loves to travel. It’s exciting to see new places and experience the different customs, entertainment and foods of other cultures. Many people may not get the chance to travel because of time constraints or other obligations, but they are still able to sample other cultures through food. Imagine a trip to an ancient country, shrouded in mystery, a country that most Americans don’t know too much about today. It is a country of lush mountain highlands and arid lowlands with a rich cultural and religious history that maintains many of its customs to this day. The country is Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, home to some of the best Olympic runners in the world and the place believed by many to be the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Observing the Julian calendar, Ethiopia boasts 13 months of sunshine. The rainy season may come, but the sun still shines in an unmistakable sense of hospitality and sharing from its people. Ethiopian food is uncomplicated and healthy, but no single adjective can adequately describe how absolutely delicious it is. Most dishes begin with a bread, as in many cultures, but not in loaf form. Injera […]
510 Snelling Ave N in St. Paul, MN 55104
Welcome A unique place colored with history, where food is traditionally served in Mesob, a tabletop woven from straw, where you will have an excellent hosting right in the very spot reserved, in addition a significance of respect in the Ethiopian culture. A banquet in Dimma will let you experience the Ethiopian way of life, where dining is characterized by sharing food from a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty, family, love and friendship.The dishes are prepared with a variety of unique spices, which lend an unforgettable outstanding aspect to it’s out of the ordinary cuisine.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
About Us Since 2008, Mahider has treated SLC to a true cultural experience with our authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Our family has loved every second of it, and we’re looking forward to many more years ahead.
1465 State St Ste 7, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Welcome to Kategna Restaurant A banquet in KATEGNA will let you experience the Ethiopian way of life, where dining is characterized by sharing food from a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty, family, love and friendship. The dishes are prepared with a variety of unique spices, which lend an unforgettable outstanding aspect to it’s out of the ordinary cuisine. All of our foods are prepared with fresh spices blended daily and our sauces are prepared as ordered. The friendly staff and warm decor makes KATEGNA the perfect place to relax with family and friends. While we offer many traditional Ethiopian meat dishes, we are sensitive to the needs of our vegan customers. Traditionally we prepare many authentic Ethiopian dishes that are vegan, without the use of any animal products. A great place to try Ethiopian food, we serve a range of entrées that are good quality and reasonably priced. We also have a coffee ceremony complete with traditional methods of preparation and incense.
Cameroon Street Bole Millenium, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
About Us Zoma is an ethiopian restaurant established in 2005. We honor and continue the old tradition of fresh ingridients, low and slow cooking (braising) and balanced flavoring whileserving our customers in an atmosphere thats modern and friendly. Amultitude of herbs and spices . . . cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, cloves, fenugreek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, rosemary, basil and thyme . . . mark Ethiopian cuisine thanks to its location on ancient trade routes. Each dish is simmered with its herbs, spices and “kibe”, Ethiopian refined butter. The result is a delectable stew with complex flavorings and layers of taste.ﾠ In addition to beef, meat and chicken, the Ethiopian menu includes numerous vegetarian dishes. The religious Christian and Muslim population observes a large number of meatless days and Ethiopian vegetarian dishes use grains such as chickpeas, lentils and split peas as spreads, stews or salads. Greens also form part of the Ethiopian vegetarian diet. Ethiopian dishes range from mild to spicy to extra spicy. The mild dish es rely on a multitude of flavorings such as ginger, turmeric and fenugreek, and are mild enough for most palates. Spicy dishes are made with “berbere” – jalapeno chili peppers dried in the sun […]
2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th Ave), Corner of 113th St. New York NY 10026
About Us Awash Ethiopian Restaurant is Edmontonﾒs best Ethiopian Restaurant. You will not leave disappointed when you dine with us. All of our dishes are delicious. If you’re not sure what to order try the Zilzil Tibs, the Key Lamb Tibs, or the Veggie Combo!
12952 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T5L 5B4, Canada
Welcome to Habesha Restaurant & Bar About Habesha Restaurant. Situated at the heart of Manchester, Habesha is an old Ethiopian name and it is Manchester’s only Ethiopian restaurant. It’s a unique venue serving east African delicacies, all cooked fresh to order.
29-31 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3LZ
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ETHIOPIAN FOOD RECIPES
Learn how to make an authentic Ethiopian dish by using our Tibs Recipe. Here you will find all the ingredients you will need to make Tibs, a a popular traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 5 tablespoons niter kibbeh, or plain unsalted butter2 medium onions, chopped medium (about 2 cups)3 inch knob ginger, minced, about 2 tablespoons6 medium cloves garlic, minced, about 2 tablespoons2 tablespoons berbere (see note above)Kosher salt1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes, trimmed of excess fat and connective tissue1 teaspoon vegetable oil1 teaspoon lemon juice, to taste SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Food processor, cast iron skillet INSTRUCTIONS Melt niter kibbeh or butter in a heavy saucepan on medium heat, and then add onions, ginger, garlic, and berbere.Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are dark, ruddy, and golden, about 30 minutes.Onions should be at a low sizzle during cooking process.Adjust heat accordingly. Transfer to food processor and blend until not quite a puree.Return to saucepan, season to taste with salt, and keep warm.Season beef on all sides generously with kosher salt then heat oil in a 12-inch cast iron or stainless-steel skillet over high heat high until lightly smoking.Add […]
Ethiopia doesn’t have any desserts native to its cuisine, and for snacks between meals, or after a meal, Ethiopians often enjoy crunchy grains like Kolo with coffee. This dish is easy to make and good to munch any time. Think of it as Ethiopian trail mix. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 cup barley kernels¼ cup dried chick peas¼ cup dried soybeans (optional)¼ cup peanuts (optional)¼ to ½ teaspoon berbereSalt (optional) INSTRUCTIONS On a pan in an oven, roast the barley and chick peas until they get crunchy and begin to crackle, turning and tossing them occasionally. The basic recipe for Kolo uses these two items, but if you choose to use soybeans, cook them in the oven as well. When these two or three items are crunchy, put them in a bowl and dust them lightly with berbere. You can sprinkle a little salt over the Kolo to suit your taste. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://ethiopianfood.wordpress.com/recipes/ IMAGE SOURCE: https://fassica.com/ethiopian-kolo-imported-1-lb/
Key Wot Recipe
Learn how to make Key Wot by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2-3 pound beef cubed5 large onions fine chopped2 cup of vegetable oil5 teaspoons minced or powder garlic2 teaspoons minced or powder ginger1/4 cup of authentic Ethiopian Berbere2 teaspoon Wot Kimem (Mekelesha)2 Teaspoon salt (as needed)1/2 cup of Water INSTRUCTIONS In large pot, simmer onion and garlic with vegetable oil till lightly brown.Add Berbere and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes at low heat and stirring occasionally.Add beef and Water, let it simmer until beef is done, then finish off cooking by adding Wot Kimem (Mekelesha) and salt.Serve your Key Sega Wot hot with Enjera (Ethiopian flat bread made of teff). Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/rsegawot.html IMAGE SOURCE: https://www.veggiesbycandlelight.com/kai-wot-ethiopian-beef-stew-spicy/
For those of you who have difficulty locating berbere in your local grocery store, this recipe is a good substitute that is easy to make. Note that it is quite spicy, so use to taste. This spice combination is used in many Ethiopian dishes including Doro Wot, an Ethiopian chicken dish. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 cup red chili powder1/2 cup paprika1 tablespoon salt1 teaspoon ground fenugreek1 teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon onion powder1 teaspoon ground coriander1 teaspoon ground cardamom1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Note Berbere should keep in the refrigerator for about 3 months if kept in an airtight container.Finely grind any spices (cloves, fenugreek, etc.) using a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/236741/berbere-ethiopian-spice/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=Search IMAGE SOURCE: https://fassica.com/berbere-spice-mix-free-shipping/
Dirkosh is basically injera chips made from dried Injera. INGREDIENTS berbereoilinjera INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 275°. In a small bowl, combine the oil and berbere in proportions to your liking. We bought some berbere recently that isn’t particularly hot, so I added at least a tablespoon for every quarter-cup of oil. Tear a piece of injera in half and arrange it on one baking sheet as shown, and then do the same on a second baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, spread the oil and berbere mixture onto the injera. Bake for about 60 minutes (more for really crispy, crunchy chips, less for chewier chips) and allow to cool before breaking into chips. Repeat. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://theberberediaries.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/recipe-injera-chips/ IMAGE SOURCE: http://www.astuenjera.com/amo-team/nech-injera/
Kik Wot Recipe
Learn how to make Kik Wot by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 5 yellow onions, minced5 red onions, minced24 cloves garlic, minced1 1/4 cups canola oil1/2 cup berbere seasoning2 tablespoons berbere seasoning2 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes5 cups red lentils10 cups Water1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamomsalt and ground black pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS Place yellow onions, red onions, and garlic in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons berbere; cook and stir until incorporated, about 3 minutes. Pour in oil and stir until combined, about 3 minutes more.Stir crushed tomatoes into the pot; cook until starting to break down into the stew, about 15 minutes. Add lentils; cook and stir, about 5 minutes. Pour in Water. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Season stew with cardamom, salt, and ground black pepper in the last few minutes of cooking. NOTE Substitute another oil for the canola oil if desired. RECIPE SOURCE: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/245948/kik-wat-ethiopian-red-lentil-stew/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=Search Alternative Recipe […]
Kitfo is a beloved beef dish in Ethiopia. Learn how to make Kitfo by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 3 pound freshly grounded without fat1 teaspoon Mitmita1 teaspoon Korerima1 teaspoon salt (as needed)1/4 cup of Niter Kibbeh (Seasoned butter) INSTRUCTIONS Mix ground beef and all ingredients thoroughly.Pan sear lightly and serve your Kitfo with Injera (Ethiopian flat bread made of teff). RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/rkitfo.html Alternative Recipe IMAGE SOURCE The traditional dishes that accompany Kitfo are Gomen and Ayib (Ethiopian cheese). I have included instructions for making Ayib at the end of this Kitfo recipe. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 pound finely ground low-fat beef4-6 tablespoons Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian spiced butter), or more to taste (ghee is an adequate substitute)1 teaspoon mitmita powder, or more to taste1 teaspoon cardamom powder, or more to taste32 ounces of buttermilk or plain yogurt INSTRUCTIONS To prepare the dish tere, or raw, melt the Niter Kibbeh in a skillet using low heat. When it’s hot and liquefied, remove the skillet from the heat, add the beef and mix the two ingredients well. Add the spices and mix well again. If […]
This is a traditional dish popular among Ethiopian Jews. Learn how to make Engotcha by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2 level cups of wheat flour1 packet of yeast3/4 cups Water1 tablespoon sugar1 egg INSTRUCTIONS Soak the yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup of warm Water for 15 minutes.Mix the egg with 1/2 cup Water, then pour the mixture into the flour.Mix well. At this point, the dough will be thick and clumpy.Add the yeast mixture, moisten hands, and knead the dough well.Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for an hour.Preheat oven to 300 degrees.Roll out the dough when it has risen and form medium-sized pancakes (see photo above of Engotcha). This much dough should make about five Engotcha.Arrange the patties on a greased baking pan and place in oven for about 30 minutes until golden. Remember that you must serve the Engotcha with honey for dipping. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://ethiopianfood.wordpress.com/recipes/ IMAGE SOURCE: https://jwfoodandwine.com/article/2019/09/13/bless-bread-pan-cooked-shabbat-dabo-ethiopia
This delicious cold lentil dish goes along very well with any Ethiopian meal. Learn how to make Azifa by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 cup green lentils1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped¼ cup finely chopped onions1 teaspoon ginger powder, or to taste¼ teaspoons of turmeric powder, or to taste3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste2 tablespoons olive oil INSTRUCTIONS Boil the lentils in Water until they’re soft, about 30 minutes. Then, drain them well using a strainer, rinse them with cold Water, and put them into a mixing bowl. Using a large spatula, stir the lentils until they begin to become somewhat mashed. Chop the onions and jalapeños into very small pieces but do not liquefy them. Mix the onions, jalapeño, ginger, turmeric, lime juice and olive oil into the lentils. Stir them together well. When it’s all mixed, taste the Azifa. If the flavor or any one ingredient doesn’t peek through, add a bit more of that ingredient. You should be able to taste the flavors of the various […]
Chechebssa, also known as Kita Firfir, is essentially a shredded flat bread fried with spices and Niter Kibbeh. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 cup of all-purpose flour3 or 4 tablespoons of clarified butter or olive oil2 teaspoons of berbereSaltWater INSTRUCTIONS Making the Kita Start by mixing the flour with a pinch of salt or wait till it is all cooked and done and sprinkle some salt while you are mixing your pieces of flat bread with the berbere and butter.In a small bowl, start making a batter by slowly adding Water to the flour and mixing it well. The thickness of the Kita depends on the thickness of the batter.Just be careful to not to make it Watery. If you feel it is too thin, just add a little bit more flour. Beat the batter well so it wouldn’t have any lumps.You can always check the consistence by lifting your beater/stirrer or whatever tool you are using to beat your dough.Dress a frying pan with a little oil and heat it to a medium hot.Slowly pour your batter onto the hot pan in a thin layer.The thinner the layer, the tastier your Chechebsa becomes.If you feel you have put too much […]
5 Most Underrated Ethiopian Breads
Dabo is an Amharic term customarily used to refer to all Ethiopian breads, and it comes in several varieties, some of which are commonly consumed in everyday life, while others are specially prepared for special occasions. Dabo is typically baked on a Mitad, a traditional Ethiopian large baking pan which is also used to make Injera. Here are some of the most popular breads in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Breads #1: Difo Dabo Image Source Difo Dabo is a variation of the basic Dabo that differs from regular the regular Dabo because, when its being baked, the dough is wrapped in a large green leaf of the Enset (false banana) tree, known in Ethiopia as Koba Kitel. You can find the recipe to make Defo Dabo here. Ethiopian Breads #2: Kocho Image Source Kocho is a type of bread that is made from the trunk of the Enset tree. In some of the southern parts of Ethiopia, the trunk of the Enset tree is ground into a dough which is buried in the ground and fermented to make Kocho. Ethiopian Breads #3: Ambasha Image Source Ambasha is a very popular Dabo, which one may be able to find in Ethiopian restaurants, even those found outside of […]
Top 10 Authentic Ethiopian Drinks
There are several uniquely Ethiopian Drinks that one should try to experience, whether you have the chance to visit Ethiopia or you are in some other country and happen to find an Ethiopian Restaurant in your locale. Traditional Alcoholic Ethiopian Drinks There are several traditional alcoholic drinks that are customarily homemade by using natural ingredients. Here is a list of the most popular and wildly consumed traditional alcoholic beverages in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Drink #1: Tej Tej, is a potent honey wine or mead that is brewed and widely consumed in much of Ethiopia. It is prepared from honey and a green herb called Gesho, a very important additive in almost all of the alcoholic drinks of Ethiopia. Tej comes in varying degrees of sweetness that deceptively masks the high alcohol content of the drink. It is typically served in a rounded vase-like or beaker-like glass container called a Berele, but if you are new to the drink one Berele maybe too much. Just like any other wine, Tej can be stored for a long time; and longer it is stored, the higher the alcohol content, and the stronger the taste. Ethiopian Drink #2: Tella Tella is another popular alcoholic drink in Ethiopia. It is a traditional […]
Top 7 Ethiopian Meat Dishes
Ethiopian Meat Dishes #1: Doro Wot One of the great Ethiopian meat dishes for all meat lovers, Doro Wot (chicken stew), is made with the mixture of the omnipresent Berbere, a heavy load of Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian clarified butter), chicken parts, eggs, and onions. The sauce is mostly made from onions that have been stewed down for so long, they disintegrate into a puree. The chicken comes dripping with juices and the egg is caked in flavor. In Ethiopia, Doro Wot is the go-to meal of celebration during national and religious festivals. And because it takes a long time to make, it is often only served during these holidays and on special occasions. You can find the recipe for Doro Wot here. Ethiopian Meat Dishes #2: Tibs Cubes of meat (beef, lamb or goat) stir-fried with onions, peppers and other vegetables in Niter Kibbeh. Quite often, twigs of rosemary or other herbs are added to it. Tibs can also be served spicy with some Berbere thrown in. Tibs is served in a variety of manners, and can range from hot to mild or contain little to no vegetables. There are many variations of the delicacy, depending on type, size or shape of the […]
Ethiopian Foods 101: The Ultimate Culinary Guide to Ethiopia’s Rich and Diverse Cuisine
Ethiopian Food is one of the world’s most distinctive cuisine, befitting its remarkable history and deep-rooted cultural heritage. And while it is enjoying a lot of attention around the world these days, it has been one of the world’s best-kept secrets for so long.
The Amazing Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony that Lasted Generations
As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopians have been drinking coffee (or Buna as it is known in the official language of the country – Amharic) for centuries. It is no wonder then, that they have developed a unique and very social coffee ceremony that is truly Ethiopian. In this short article, we will learn a little about the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony as it is practiced in the country everyday. The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony The whole process of the preparation and serving of Buna in Ethiopia is a unique and elaborate social affair. A typical traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony will take up to half an hour and starts with roasting of raw green coffee beans right in front of the guests by a host who is always a woman. In most homes, a dedicated coffee area is kept surrounded by fresh-picked grass and specialized traditional coffee furniture specifically for this occasion. Most households, both in cities and rural areas take the Ethiopian coffee ceremony very seriously and setting up a dedicated place for the occasion is of paramount importance. When the beans are roasted, the host will bring the pan around to all the guests so that they can enjoy the aroma. […]
6 Uniquely Ethiopian Traditional Ingredients, Spices and Seasonings
As an ancient civilization built on trade with other civilizations in the region at the time, Ethiopian foods have developed a rich array of dishes and cooking techniques using several traditional ingredients. As such, Ethiopian food is full of delightful flavors that result from the mixture of numerous different spices and herbs, well-crafted over many generations to be not too spicy but very well-seasoned. Here are some of the most important traditional ingredients, spices, and seasonings that play a central role in the making of an amazing Ethiopian dish. Traditional Ingredients #1: Berbere Berbere, which is a combination of chili pepper and several other spices, herbs, and ingredients including fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cardamom, and cinnamon, forms the backbone of flavor for many Ethiopian dishes. If you want to make your own Berbere, you can find the recipe here. Traditional Ingredients #2: Mitmita Mitmita, smaller and hotter than Berbere, is an orange-red colored powdered seasoning mix that is composed of chili peppers, cardamom seed, cloves and salt, as well as spices such as cinnamon, cumin and ginger. It is often used as a condiment to add some an extra kick to meat dishes such as tibs and Tere Siga, but can also be added in the cooking process, […]
5 Most Popular Ethiopian Vegetarian Dishes
Ethiopian food can be very vegetarian and vegan friendly since it features a selection of uniquely Ethiopian vegetarian dishes that you’ll find available at almost every Ethiopian restaurant. Vegetarians and vegans traveling to Ethiopia should consider visiting just prior to Orthodox Easter or Orthodox Christmas as you will be virtually guaranteed to find vegetarian food everywhere during these times. This is because most Ethiopians that follow the Ethiopian Orthodox religion will be fasting by forgoing forgo meat and dairy products for upwards of 50 days. Fasting dishes served during these periods are incredibly delicious, and may not always be available in restaurants during the non-fasting periods. Ethiopian Vegetarian Dishes #1: Shiro Wot Image Source Shiro Wot, or just Shiro, is arguably the one of the most commonly consumed Wot dishes in Ethiopia. It is especially popular during the fasting periods among Ethiopian Orthodox Christians as well as vegetarians & vegans who abstain from eating meat and dairy products. However, there are varieties of Shiro that are made out of butter and also have meat added to them, so remember to let your waiter know your preferences beforehand. Shiro is made from chickpea and broad bean flour, subtly spiced with garlic, […]
3 Most Beloved Ethiopian Snacks
A typical Ethiopian snack, is Dabo Kolo (small pieces of baked bread that are similar to pretzels) or Kolo (roasted barley sometimes mixed with other local grains). Kolo made from roasted and spiced barley, safflower kernels, chickpeas and/or peanuts are often sold by kiosks and street vendors, wrapped in a paper cone. Snacking on popcorn is also common, especially during Buna-time. Ethiopian Snack #1: Kolo Image Source Kolo is simply roasted barley, and it is Ethiopia’s go-to snack for everybody including children and adults. It is also a favorite beer snack at the end of a busy day, and it’s often served mixed with peanuts and other seeds or nuts. You can find the recipe to make Kolo here. Ethiopian Snack #2: Dabo Kolo Image Source Dabo kolo as its name may imply is not actually bread, but it is made from the same dough that makes Dabo. It’s made by preparing the dough just as you would for a bread, then roll it into long strands that are then cut into small pieces the size of a fingernail, thus the name Dabo Kolo. Then they can be fried in oil or baked over a Mitad. To make them spicy, you can douse the dough with berbere before its cut into small […]
3 Common Ethiopian Side-Dishes
Ethiopian Side-Dishes #1: Ayibe Image Source Ayibe is a cottage cheese, a fresh cheese curd product that is not aged, and is made by draining the cheese, as opposed to pressing it – retaining some of the whey (liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained), keeping the curds loose. It is often served as a side dish to soften the effect of very spicy food. It has little to no distinct taste of its own. However, when served separately, Ayibe is often mixed with a variety of mild or hot spices typical in Ethiopian cuisine. Ethiopian Side-Dishes #2: Gomen Kitfo Image Source Gomen Kitfo is another common dish in parts of Southern Ethiopia, where kale (or collard greens) are boiled, dried and then finely chopped and served with butter, chili and spices. It is a dish specially prepared for the occasion of Meskel, a very popular holiday marking the discovery of the True Cross. It is served along with Ayibe or sometimes even Kitfo. Ethiopian Side-Dishes #3: Gomen Besiga Gomen Besiga is beef or lamb simmered in copious amounts of Niter Kibbeh with collard greens and other vegetables like carrots, cabbage and onions. You can find the recipe for Gomen Besiga here. SOURCES https://migrationology.com/ethiopian-food-guide/https://uncorneredmarket.com/ethiopian-food/
2 Popular Ethiopian Comfort Foods
Like all comfort foods, Ethiopian comfort foods are special types foods that are characterized by their high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation methods. Moreover, they are also known to provide a nostalgic or sentimental value to a specific individual or culture. Ethiopian Comfort Foods #1: Genfo Image Source Genfo is a simple Ethiopian porridge that is commonly consumed for breakfast, made by adding dry-roasted barley flour to boiling water and stirring the concoction with a wooden utensil until it develops a smooth, yet extremely thick consistency. The porridge is then transferred to a bowl, and a hole is created in the center, which is then filled with clarified spiced butter and berbere spices. Genfo is traditionally consumed as it is, although it can be accompanied by a scoop of yogurt. You can find the recipe for Genfo here. Ethiopian Comfort Foods #2: Kikil Image Source Kikil is a mild stew with potatoes and lamb that is slowly cooked to get all the flavors from the bones. It is a great meal to use as a substitute for chicken soup offered to those feeling under the weather. Make sure the meat is nice and tender before it is served, that qualifies it as a perfect Kikil. […]
9 Ultimate Ethiopian Breakfasts
Firfir or Fitfit is a probably the most common of the Ethiopian breakfasts. It is made from shredded injera or Kita stir-fried with spices or Wot. Another popular Ethiopian breakfast dish is Fatira. The delicacy consists of a large fried pancake made with flour, often with a layer of egg. It is eaten with honey. Chechebsa (or Kita Firfir) resembles a pancake covered with berbere and Niter Kibbeh, or other spices, and may be eaten with a spoon. Genfo is a kind of porridge, which is another common breakfast dish. It is usually served in a large bowl with a dug-out made in the middle of the Genfo and filled with spiced niter kibbeh. A variation of Fuul, a fava bean stew with condiments, served with baked rolls instead of injera, is also common for breakfast. Ethiopian Breakfasts #1: Chechebsa Also known as Kita Firfir, Chechebsa is one the most common and popular breakfast dishes in Ethiopia. It is made out of sliced shreds of Kita, which is similar to India’s pita bread, and marinated with berbere. In more traditional households, it is commonly served with a side of honey and a bowl of plain yogurt. You can find the recipe for Chechebsa here. Ethiopian Breakfasts #2: Kinche Kinche is a very common Ethiopian breakfast, and it’s the equivalent of oatmeal. It is incredibly […]
2 Must Try Ethiopian Mixed Platter Dishes
Whether you are vegetarian or a meat lover, the best place to begin with Ethiopian food is to order Mixed Platter Dishes at an Ethiopian Restaurant near you – meat, vegetarian, or both – so that you can sample a variety of stews (Wots) and dishes at one sitting. Although the mounds delivered to your table may individually appear small, collectively the portions are often staggeringly large. We recommend sharing a plate with others so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Although some dishes may appear regularly in mixed platters, the ones that comprise yours will likely be based on whatever happens to be cooked fresh that day. Always a tasty surprise! Mixed Platter Dishes #1: Beyainatu Image Source One of the most popular dishes in Ethiopia, especially among vegetarians, the word ‘Beyainetu’ roughly translates to “a bit of everything”. And true to its name, the dish comes with a layer of injera on a large serving platter with several tasty and colorful vegetarian dishes on top, including several types of lentil and split pea stews (e.g., Shiro Wot, Misir Wot, Alecha Kik or Mesir Kik) along with Kale (Gomen), Cabbage (Tilkil Gomon), etc. The dish is also very popular in Ethiopia, where for religious […]