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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.
In addition to finding a Restaurant near you, Ethiopian Food Guide also provides you with valuable information on several Ethiopian dishes, including detailed Recipes and comprehensive Food Guides. The website 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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I am Elsa, born in Massawa in Eritrea.ﾠAs a teenager, I came to the Netherlands with my mother for family reunification. my youth took place in the Netherlands, so I feel both Dutch and Eritrean.ﾠUnfortunately my mother has died in the meantime, but I learned something very important from her: cooking delicious Eritreans.ﾠMy mother made everything fresh, which she thought was very important.ﾠShe wanted the best for us.ﾠshe knew so many recipes from our motherland Eritrea.ﾠShe made her injera with teff just like in Eritrea and I still have that in it.ﾠTeff is a very healthy grain that only grows in the Ethiopian highlands.ﾠIn honor of my mother I decided to start this eatery, in Antwerp: Elsie Baltna, means Elsie’s fresh kitchen.ﾠThat’s what I stand for.ﾠI would like to get to know the exceptionally tasty dining tradition of Eritrea and Ethiopia in the wider world.ﾠAnd where better than in Antwerp, a cosmopolitan city.
Verschansingstraat 59 - 2000 Antwerp
Blue Nile is an Ethiopian Restaurant on Allen St, just off Courtenay Place. Blue Nile started out at the Newtown Market on Saturdays, but people couldn’t get enough of the unique flavors of Ethiopian food and the special bread Injera – so now you can try out the food any day of the week. We’re also fully licensed for you to enjoy a beer or wine with your meal. Blue Nile was opened so that people can have a place to gather with friends and share traditional Ethiopian food. Many of the dishes are combination platters that allow you to share and try out a range of different dishes – with options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. If you feel like trying something new and delicious, head down to 22 Allen St.
22 Allen Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
About Awash Heartfelt Ethiopian delights meet traditional interior design at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant in Chicago’s neighborhood of Edgewater. Inspired by fresh ingredients, this casual restaurant offers time-honored dishes that deliver the true taste of Ethiopia for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers.
6324 N Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60660
BEST ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT IN CALGARY TheﾠEC Fusionﾠis an Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant specializing in East African cuisine. From traditional dishes to modern fusions, we pride ourselves in taking our time to prepare the best tasting Ethiopian food in Calgary. We hope you join us and taste food made with love.
4909 17 Ave SE #207, Calgary, AB T2A 0V5
ABOUT Taste a Country Born in Nazret, Ethiopia, Shita Yenenh knew she wanted to own a restaurant from a young age. Culturally, a mother’s recipes were passed down generationally. Shita lost both parents while still very young, so she learned the art of cooking by remaking the recipes she tasted while at other people’s homes. When she moved to the United States with her daughters years later, she worked a few jobs before finally opening Zagol. “When people come to my restaurant, they will get real food.” Because of her unique exposure to multiple family recipes and styles, Zagol’s menu offers a wide range of flavor. As the sole chef and owner of the restaurant, Shita describes her cooking style as “…real. It’s real food, made with real love, and passion. I don’t stress about how much of something to put in. I make everything from scratch, by hand. When people come to my restaurant, they will get real food.” Her favorite dish to serve to her guests is Zilzil Tibs, a savory dish of seasoned beef and sweet onions. Clouds of steam parade the dish from the kitchen, and it is still sizzling from the fire. “When I bring […]
3314 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 89502
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
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 you along to our restaurant in Munich. Tsion Bellete-Assefa
Abyssinia Restaurant Teff, Dachauer Str. 189, 80637 Munchen
Bata Traditional Restaurant & Bar is located off from Bole road to Rwanda Embassy and straight down about a 800 meters and Bata Restaurant will be on your right hand side. Bole Rwanda Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Bata is delighted to welcome you to experience the finest Ethiopian cuisine and modern bar in the city with the best greenery. Bata is truly a masterpiece in its own right way with a perfect surrounding with eye catching sculptures and wonderful nature. Bata will certainly make you feel a sense of calm and tranquil. Bata is well known as a quiet and convenient place to relax and a perfect place to run away from the busy and hectic city.
800 mt. from Rwanda Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Welcome We would like to invite you to visit us in our beautiful restaurant “Savanna”.ﾠIf you want to try or experience the exotic and originality of modern African-Eritrean cuisine, come to us.ﾠWe are located in the heart of Berlin or better in the popular district (Prenzlauer Berg) – the trendy district par excellence, with many interesting locations, event locations, bars, etc. We look forward to you! Your Savanna team
Savanna - Sredzkistrasse 26, 10 435 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
– About Usﾠ- In the perfect, most beautiful setting, can exist only the most amazing restaurant. Whether you’re planning an intimate meal, a dinner party or a business event, Habeshaﾠhas the space to cater to your needsﾠin a peaceful, relaxed, yet elegant environment. Habeshaﾠis a family business established in 2013. Habesha isﾠsituated in IH 35,ﾠAustin,ﾠTXﾠand is owned andﾠmanaged by husband,ﾠYidnekachew Fantuﾠand wife, head chefﾠSelam Abebe. Habesha is a term Ethiopians and Eritreans use to refer to themselves. Habesha is a term of pride and used to eliminate the distinction between different tribes and celebrate unity as people of the same region. – About Ethiopian Cuisineﾠ- Ethiopian dishes are prepared with a distinctive variety of unique spices and clarified butter. Itﾒs a round, flat, crepe-like bread made from a high-fibre, gluten-free grain known as teff. Ethiopian cuisine is traditionally served on a large, thin, sourdough pancake called injera. Injera is a yeast-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture, made from teff. The traditional way of eating is with fingers, from a large plate with the injera placed on the plate and the variety of dishes decoratively arranged around it. Sharing food from a common plate signifies a bond of loyalty […]
6019 Interstate 35 North, Austin, TX 78723
The world of cuisine has more to offer than Züri Gschnätzlets and Kebap. Enjoy East African authenticity paired with a dash of Circle 3 ambience – Habesha: The restaurant for Ethiopian and Eritrean specialties in Zurich. Get involved in broadening your horizons.ﾠThe Ethiopian-Eritrean cuisine offers extensive menus with or without meat.ﾠBeef, lamb or chicken, vegetables, racy sauces, lentils, chickpea puree, injera – a flatbread made from teff flour – and berbere – a spicy mix of spices – are what make it special. ABOUT US The Habesha restaurant is a family business.ﾠThe Habtemariam family warmly welcomes you. Habescha is a term used by Ethiopians and Eritreans to describe themselves. It is a concept of pride and is used to distance differentiation between different tribes, as well as to celebrate the unification of people themselves region. For example, one asks: “Are you Habesha?” Instead of “Are you Ethiopian or Eritrean?”.
Weststrasse 192, 8003 Zurich
Tena yistilin – Greetings!ﾠ Ethiopian food is one of the most fascinating cuisines in the world,ﾠknown for its appetizing,ﾠspicy vegan and meat dishes. Addis’s food retain that originality and deliciousness. Addis Kitchen has been part of Helsinkiﾒs gastronomy scenery since its inception in 2017. Created by two Ethiopians, Addis is perfectly located in the heart of Vallila, a vibrant part of Helsinki. The restaurant serves locals the feeling of eating with oneﾒs hands. If you are up for it, you would even participate in the feeding of your friend or loved one, a bite of food. A practice calledﾠGursha.ﾠSo by visiting our restaurant, you get to have an experience of the unique Ethiopian food culture or revisit to enjoy your favourite food.
Sturenkatu 28, 00510 Helsinki
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ETHIOPIAN FOOD RECIPES
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/
Learn how to make Buticha 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 6 tablespoons chick pea flour2 tablespoons lemon juice¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)½ teaspoon ginger powder1 large jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped¼ cup finely chopped onions2 cups Water2 tablespoons olive oil Preparation Methods Put the Water and olive oil into a pan and bring it to a low boil, then stir in the chick pea flour. You can make it in any proportion you like: Just use three tablespoons of flour, plus a touch more, for every cup of Water. When the mixture begins to heat and bubble, add the lemon juice, turmeric and ginger. You can forego the turmeric if you find the taste of this tart spice to be too strong or overwhelming. You may want to put some aluminum foil loosely over the top to keep it from splattering. Don’t put a lid on it! The Butecha needs to thicken, and that happens when the Water slowly boils away. The volume will reduce as it cooks. When the mixture begins to […]
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 […]
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 […]
Misir Wot Recipe
Misir Wot is a hearty lentil dish with a rich Berbere flavor. You can turn the heat up or down by adjusting the amount of Berbere to your liking. 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 Lentils: 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger1 teaspoon minced garlic1 cup red lentils (masoor dal), picked through and rinsed1 teaspoon kosher saltInjera, for serving SPECIAL EQUIPMENT a spice grinder INSTRUCTIONS 1. 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 and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the butter is clear and […]
Alicha Wot Recipe
Here is an easy-to-follow directions for a tasty meat based Ethiopian meal – Alicha Wot, also known as Yebeg Alicha. MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. lamb chops (ribs and meat)1/4 cup butter (Niter Kibbeh, Ethiopian clarified butter)2 cups white onions (thinly chopped)1 tablespoon fresh garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder1 tablespoon fresh ginger root juice or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder1 teaspoon false cardamom (Korerima)1/4 teaspoon turmeric2 chili peppers (seeded and sliced)6 cups WaterSalt to taste INSTRUCTIONS Cut the ribs in smaller sizes and the meat in small strips, wash it with cold Water.Boil Water in large pot; add the cleaned ribs and the meat; cook it for 10 minutes and strain.In medium heat, cook the onion with two cups of Water (adding the Water gradually); stir continuously until tender (10-15 minutes).Add the butter, garlic, ginger-root juice, bishop weed and cook for five minutes.Add the ribs and the meat; stir for five minutes; put four cups of Water and turmeric; cover and cook for 30 minutes.Add false cardamom, salt to taste and cook to simmer; at the end, add the hot peppers and remove from heat. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/ryebegalecha.html IMAGE SOURCE: https://honest-food.net/ethiopian-alicha-wot-venison-curry/
Quanta Firfir Recipe
Quanta Firfir is a popular traditional Ethiopian dish. Enjoy this Quanta Firfir recipe which can also be made with fresh beef or lamb! MEASUREMENTS AND INGREDIENTS 2 red onions, chopped⅓ cup vegetable oil1 tablespoon garlic paste4 ripe tomatoes, chopped3 cups Water, divided14 ounces dried beef2 tablespoons Ethiopian berbere seasoning½ cup Ethiopian kibbeh (spiced clarified butter)2 teaspoons salt2 pieces injera (Ethiopian bread) INSTRUCTIONS Place onions in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add vegetable oil and garlic paste; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.Stir 1/2 cup Water, dried beef, and berbere seasoning into the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and cook until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Continue cooking, adding 1/3 cup Water every few minutes, until beef is softened and sauce is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in kibbeh and salt.Tear 1 injera into palm-sized pieces; fold gently into the sauce. Serve beef and sauce over whole injera. NOTE: Substitute 4 cloves minced garlic for the garlic paste if desired.Substitute chili powder for the berbere seasoning if desired.Substitute beef stock for the Water if preferred. Reduce salt if using beef stock. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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/
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 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 […]