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With the growing love and appreciation for Ethiopian food around the world, the goal of Ethiopian Food Guide is to promote all the Ethiopian Restaurants located all over the world – serving authentic Ethiopian Foods along with true Ethiopian hospitality.
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Who We Are Restaurant with Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine, a stone’s throw from the Central Station and the yellow (Repubblica) and green (Centrale) and Rossa (Porta Venezia) underground. Our specialties include vegetarian dishes (zighinì) and meat dishes (zighinì, kifto, gored, spriss). Cozy place, ideal for business lunches and dinners with friends.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 19, 20124 Milano MI
est. 2006 Located in the historic Adams Point District next to Lake Merritt, the friendly Enssarro restaurant family will welcome you to the warm embrace of classic Ethiopian cuisine. Many ingredients and spices are brought directly from the town of Enssaro in Ethiopia providing the adventurous diner with a unique flavors not experienced anywhere else.
357a Grand Avenue - Oakland, CA 94610
Queen Shebaﾠis the first Ethiopian specialty restaurant in Tokyo. With ingredients gathered from the African continent, it is our pleasure to introduce to Japan authentic African cuisine. A staple of Ethiopian cuisine is the crepe-like steamed bread “injera” made from the fermented flour of a grain called teff. Queen Shebaﾠalso hosts live African and traditional music from around the world! We also serve an array of stews, meats, and vegetable dishes to suit all kinds of tastes! Try our recommended course menu, designed to give you a taste of a variety of Ethiopian foods to share!
1 Chome-3-1 Higashiyama, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0043, Japan
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
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is a classy restaurant prepared to host all your events, including weddings, birthdays, parties, batpisms, or anniversaries.
1422 Poplar St. Denver, CO 80220
ABOUT US Asmara Restaurants are Eritrean/Continental restaurants established in 2009. We offer unique dining experiences infusing culture and culinary excellence in afro-contemporary setting. We are based in Pangani, westlands along General Mathenge & Karen along Ngong’ Road. Our Mission To consistently provide quality food and service to our guests; exceeding their expectations. Our Vision To offer a unique dining experience.
P.O Box 51416, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
THE RESTAURANT A little about us & our philosophy Wolkite is a family run restaurant where you experience the sincerity of the Ethiopian food. We have strived to build a solid respected reputation based on certain principles; natural, authentic Ethiopian food with a signature cuisine and the best culinary traditions served by welcoming staff in pleasant and easy going surroundings. At Wolkite we always strive to use authentic ingredients – so our customers can experience Ethiopia. OUR STORY Wolkite is a family run restaurant where you experience the sincerity of the Ethiopian food. We have strived to build a solid respected reputation based on certain principles; natural, authentic Ethiopian food with a signature cuisine and the best culinary traditions served by friendly staff in pleasant and easy going surroundings. We offer a welcoming Ethiopian atmosphere, making every customer at Wolkite feel like they are part of the family. For our loyal customers who come for an authentic Ethiopian dining experience, birthdays, graduations, engagements or just an evening at Wolkite, we want to take this opportunity to say “Wäxe warim”.
82 Hornsey Rd, London N7 7NN
Ethiopian cultural Restaurant in Alaska Anchorage
2813 Dawson Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
WELCOME TO ABYSSINIA EXOTIC ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT Feel transported by an unforgettable Ethiopian dining experienceﾅ At our restaurant our aim is to serve delicious Ethiopian food made fresh with quality ingredients. We put our hearts and souls into each dish to give you the authentic Ethiopian experience; in a setting with a warm ambience, traditional decor, and renowned hospitality. Abyssinia Exotic Ethiopian Restaurant is one of the finest eateries in Nairobi. We offer an unparalleled experience of authentic, delicious and affordable Ethiopian food in a welcoming setting ﾖ showing the true Spirit of Ethiopia. If you want to taste aﾠGurshaﾠof Ethiopia in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi, why donﾒt you join us for lunch, dinner or a refreshing beverage? Welcome! Teff is the most important ingredient in Ethiopian cooking. Itﾒs one of the worldﾒs oldest grains, itﾒs gluten-free and rich in minerals, making it perfect for many dishes. One such speciality isﾠinjera, the national dish of Ethiopia, a flatbread that we at Abyssinia Restaurant serve with every meal. If you would like to try injera, or any of the delicacies that we serve ﾖ for example Ethiopian style lamb roasted with onions, tomatoes and peppers ﾖ then weﾒd love to welcome […]
Westlands Branch: #4 Muguga Green, Off Brookside Grove & Wayaki Way, Nairobi, Kenya
ABOUT US We Keep it Simple! Perfection only!ﾠ At Beteseb Restaurant, we have an amazingﾠmenuﾠthat features freshly prepared Ethiopian dishes. We are a family-owned restaurant with warm and friendly staff who are ready to serve you. We have an incredible selection of traditional dishes available for you to enjoy. Try our Special Derek Tibsﾠmade with chunk of lean beef sauteed with onion, tomato, green pepper and purified butter. (served mild or spicy). You’re also sure to love our Special Kitfo. All of our meals are served with injera – a flatbread made of either wheat or teff and Imported “Ye’Teff Injera” wich is gluten-free! We also have a number of fabulous vegetarian dishes including ourﾠYe’shiro Wot and Beyaynetu. Complete your meal with our incredible Imported Ethiopian Wine, Beer or with a traditional coffee ceremony.
8201 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
You are Welcome It is a great pleasure to welcome you . We would like to get closer to our customers in order to be able to serve them better. The website acts as a platform to share all our details regarding our offerings and also help customers quickly get in touch with us for all their needs. In the website, you find detailed information about all the services we offer. You also find other useful information such as contact details, photo gallery, etc. We continuously keep updating our website with the latest information so that you are always up to date with all our activities and offerings as Habesha Café.
124 Helen Joseph Rd, Bulwer, Berea, 4083, South Africa
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 Kikil 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. INSTRUCTIONS Kikil – Kikil is a mild stew type of dish.This dish is made with Lamb and Potatoes.It is slow cooked and whatever meat you use it should have some bones.It is like Alicha in many ways but Kikil is more of a thinner Watery stew.We will need – equal parts of Lamb with bone to potatoes – fresh green chili to taste – sliced onions – chopped garlic – salt – Turmeric – Kibbeh (Ethiopian spiced butter) this is optional.In a large pan of cold Water add the Lamb, salt, turmeric, garlic, oil and onions – Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 1 hour (maybe 2 depending on the size of the bones.Now we will add the potatoes – Make sure you are happy with your meat – meaning it is well cooked and tender, as we are now only about 10 mins from being done.Finally, we will add fresh green chilli and Kibbeh – both are optional – check […]
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 […]
Kochkocha (Yekarya Delleh) Recipe
This is a recipe to make a delicious, blazing hot, easy-to-make dipping sauce for any occasion. It goes especially well with Dirkosh – dried injera chips – but if you can’t get those, any type of chip will do (although the less salty, the better). You can also use it as an accompaniment for meat dishes: Just scoop up some of your entrée with your injera, then dip it into the Kochkocha. Or you can make your own Dirkosh: Simply put some injera on a baking sheet in a very hot oven and bake until it’s crispy, checking often to make sure it doesn’t stick to the sheet (which you might want to cover with aluminum foil). MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 1 pound jalapeño peppers (about two cups)2 tablespoon chopped onions1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger½ tablespoon cardamom½ tablespoon coriander¼ tablespoon cumin¼ tablespoon basilOlive oil INSTRUCTIONS Prepare the peppers by slicing them in half, removing the ribs and seeds, and then cutting them into pieces. In a skillet, cook the peppers in a little bit of olive oil, turning them often, until they begin to get tender. Rinse the peppers in cold Water. In a food processor, blend the peppers, onions and fresh ginger until they’re as smooth and creamy as […]
Defo Dabo Recipe
This is one of the many breads made in Ethiopia, and it has a special ingredient; before baking, you wrap the moist dough in Koba Kitel – that is, the leaves of the Enset plant, a vital food source in many Southern Ethiopian cultures. Enset is often referred to as “false banana” because it resembles a banana plant. And, sometimes, if you can’t find Enset leaf in your local market, you can use banana leaf instead, or simply bake the bread without it. This recipe is for one loaf of about nine inches in diameter. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 3¼ cups of wheat flour½ packet instant dried yeast3 tablespoons of sugar½ tablespoon of salt½ tablespoon of ground coriander½ tablespoon of cumin (or a little more, to taste)½ tablespoon of cardamom2 tablespoons of olive oilAbout ¼ to ½ pounds of banana leaf12 ounces of warm Water, plus a little more if necessary (see below) INSTRUCTIONS Combine the yeast, sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Pour about 12 ounces of warm Water over it, stir to dissolve the ingredients, then cover the bowl and set aside for 20 minutes or so to allow the yeast to activate (by this time the mixture should be […]
Firfir is another one of my new favorites. It is an excellent way to use leftover injera that is past its prime but still edible. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2 large onions, chopped1/4 cup canola oil1-2 tbsp. berbere3 ounces tomato paste (it comes in 6 oz cans, so 1/2 can)2 tomatoes, chopped1/4-3/4 cup Waterminced ginger and garlic3-4 pieces injera, torn into pieces1-2 jalapenos or other hot green peppers, de-seeded and cut into thin stripssalt INSTRUCTIONS Cook the onions for several minutes until they start to soften and turn translucent. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the berbere and stir. After a few minutes, add the tomato paste and cook for several more minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and a bit of salt, and cook on low-medium heat until the tomatoes are thoroughly cooked. Add the Water and bring to a simmer. It should look like a really thick tomato soup at this point. Add the injera and stir, gently chopping the injera as you mix it in. Continue cooking until the injera has absorbed all of the liquid. Top it off with jalapenos and enjoy! NOTE: This can be made without the fresh tomatoes if you […]
Tikil Gomen Recipe
This is a popular vegetarian dish. The dish is very easy to make as well as to alter the serving size as you please. It can also be a dish to serve accompanying other Ethiopian ‘Wot’ dishes. There are many variations on this recipe; it can be prepared with just the cabbage, with carrots and potatoes, with meat, and so on. This is one of many Ethiopian dishes. It is a typical dish that is served alongside other dishes on injera. It’s very simple and tastes great. Learn how to make an authentic Ethiopian dish by using our Tikil Gomen Recipe. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2-3 onions, chopped1/3-1/2+ cup canola oil1-2 tbsp. turmeric3/4 cup Water4-5 Yukon gold potatoes, cut in half lengthwise then sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces3-4 carrots, chopped into stick-shaped pieces1 head green cabbage, chopped6 scallions (white parts with some of the green), chopped1 1/2 tbsp. dried basil (you can use fresh basil- the store just didn’t have any that day)finely chopped garlic (see note at bottom)finely chopped ginger (see note at bottom)salt (to taste)2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and sliced into thin strips INSTRUCTIONS In a large pot, cook the onions, stirring occasionally, on medium/medium-high heat until they […]
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 […]
Gomen Besiga Recipe
Learn how to make Gomen Besiga 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 large onionsmedium to large bowl of spinach1/2 kilo beef with some fat (fat optional)3 or 4 tablespoons of clarified butter (Niter Kibbeh) or olive oil3 green chili pepper3 cloves garlic1/2 teaspoon of black pepper – rosemary (optional) INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the pot then put your beef in, once the meat has browned, add the sliced onions and crushed garlic and let it cook for about 4 minutes.Then add your spinach in the pot and let it cook for a further 15 minutes while stirring the pot.Finally, add the Niter Kibbeh (clarified Ethiopian butter), black pepper, and rosemary.Stir for another 3 minutes or so and salt to taste. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/recipes-gomen-be-sega.html IMAGE SOURCE: https://mesobrestaurantdubai.com/
Zilzil Tibs Recipe
Learn how to make an authentic Ethiopian dish by using our Zilzil Tibs Recipe. Here you will find all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS Niter Kibbeh (Spiced Butter): 1 pound unsalted butter1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger1 teaspoon whole allspice berries1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds1 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon turmeric6 black cardamom pods, crushed lightly with a knife blade2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped1 small yellow onion, chopped Berbere (Spice Mix): 1/3 cup New Mexico chile powder1/4 cup paprika2 teaspoons cayenne pepper2 teaspoons ground ginger2 teaspoons kosher salt1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg2 teaspoons black cardamom seeds2 teaspoons coriander seeds2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds1 teaspoon whole allspice4 cloves1 small stick cinnamon Braised Beef: 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes2 tablespoons red wine1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch squares1 small red onion, finely diced1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth or Water1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperKosher saltInjera, for serving SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: A spice grinder INSTRUCTIONS For the niter kibbeh (spiced butter): Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling occasionally.Stir in the ginger, allspice, fenugreek, oregano, turmeric, cardamom, garlic and onions […]
One of Ethiopia’s most famous dishes, Shiro is an essential part of the Ethiopian cuisine. It’s often prepared with minced onions and garlic, but some regions even add ground ginger, chopped tomatoes and chili peppers to the chickpea flour-based mixture. Served with injera, it’s a vegan dish although some versions contain meat. Learn how to make an authentic Ethiopian dish by using our Shiro Recipe. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2 medium onions, diced1 tomato, pureed (or 4 oz tomato puree)1/2 cup oil1/2 cup Shiro powder (dried chickpea powder)1-1/2 to 2 cups Water1 tbsp Berbere (Ethiopian spice mix) INSTRUCTIONS Start by pureeing the onions in a blender.Dump the onion mush into a hot dry skillet.Stir frequently until the Water evaporates and the onions start to get just a tiny bit of light brown color.Once the onions begin to color a bit, add 1/2 cup of oil and berbere.Add 2-3 times more than the suggested amount for a stronger flavor.Let onion, oil, and berbere infuse for a minute or two then add pureed tomato.Before you add the Shiro powder, make sure that you have the Water close by.Add your Shiro powder gradually, briskly stirring. It will get thick very quickly.Once the Shiro seems […]
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 […]
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/
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 […]
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 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. […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.