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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
Every Thursday we serve Tire sega! Welcome to eat and enjoy Tire sega, an Ethiopian raw-meat dish. Every Friday, between 18.00-21.00, we serve a vegan buff – consisting of 10-12 dishes. It is however always possible to order the buffet to the table. Price: 189kr. Welcome to enjoy our Ethiopian coffee ceremony! Every day you have the possibility to enjoy an ethiopian coffee ceremony. We will roast and grind our Ethiopian coffee beans for you!
Saltmätargatan 19A, 11359 STOCKHOLM
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 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
Lucy’s Story Over forty years ago, in the Ethiopian town of Hadar, scientists discovered Lucy, a fossil that forever changed our understanding of human evolution. The discovery of Lucy provided the missing link in our evolutionary spectrum, and proof that we all, in some way, originate from Africa. The archaeological team who made the discovery celebrated that night by drinking lots of wine, dancing and playing the famous Beatles song ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ all night long. Her Amharic name ‘Dinkinesh’ means ‘you are marvelous’. Here at Lucy, we hope to create a magical night for you too, and to share the food, warmth and rich culture of majestic Ethiopia with you.
281 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The Restaurant Taytu Restaurant in Amsterdam-Oost is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant serving traditional Ethiopian food. As of April 2016 Negede Kumbi is the owner of the former African cafe Ibssa. The restaurant is now called Taytu Restaurant, after the famous Ethiopian Empress Taytu (1840-1918). It’s a cosy, warm and intimate restaurant where you can enjoy delicious, refined Ethiopian cuisine for a reasonable price. Come to us for a nice evening meal (eat in or takeway) and/or aﾠTraditional Coffee Ceremony. We also cater events up to 50 persons.
Blasiusstraat 62, 1074 AB Amsterdam
Welcome to Delicious Mela Ethiopian Kitchen is a new & upscale Ethiopian Restaurant located in Decatur, GA, with a variety of authentic dishes that are both healthy & delicious. Check us out today!ﾠ
1359 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, Georgia 30033, United States
Welcome to Tsion Cafe As long time residents of Harlem, we wanted to bring something fresh, healthy, delicious to the taste buds and supportive the artistic talent that is near and far. We are committed to honoring that heritage by providing a space for regular arts events, including live music, poetry nights, film screenings, a writers series and more. Tsion Cafe is that place and hope you enjoy.
763 St. Nicholas Avenue, Between W148 & W149 Streets, New York, NY 10031
OUR HISTORY Fendika Cultural Center was established in 2016, but the original Fendika Azmari Bet opened its door in the early 1990s, when the neighborhood of Kazanchis sported 25 similar places. While the other azmari bets disappeared due to the pressure of Addis Ababa’s rapid development, Fendika has survived until today thanks to Melaku’s passion for Ethiopian music and dance, his belief in the power of art and creativity in building communities, enthusiastic attendance of concerts and events by local and international friends, and many other forms of support we have been blessed with (fundraising, invitations to music festivals, press coverage, etc.). When Melaku began managing Fendika Azmari Bet in 2008, he pioneered a system where musicians and dancers at Fendika receive monthly salaries, breaking away from the custom where they only earned tips. Melaku had danced for tips only for 12 years and knows the pain of having to dance to please customers. The new compensation system enables artists to focus on creative expressions and to develop their talent. Since 2009, Ethiocolor Traditional Band has been performing at Fendika Azmari Bet every other Friday, drawing standing-room-only crowds. At the same time, Fendika touring group has been sharing Ethiopian music […]
Zewditu Street, Kazanchis, Kirkos Sub City, Addis Ababa
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ETHIOPIAN FOOD RECIPES
Minchet Abish Recipe
Learn how to make Minchet Abish 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 tablespoon olive oil1 pound ground beef2 red onions, finely chopped1/2 cup chili powder1 cup Water1/2 stick butterKosher salt to taste1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon chickpea flour1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon ground cumin1/4 teaspoon ground coriander1/2 cup red wine1/4 teaspoon ground fenugreek EQUIPMENT Large sauce pan INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oil in the pan.Add the onions, salt and fenugreek. Sauté until browned.Add the meat. Sauté until relatively dry.Add the butter. Cook until the butter is melted.Add the ginger and wine. Cook 2 minutes.Add the chickpea flour and Water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.Add the remaining spices. Simmer until the meat is soft and tender.Serve your Minchet Abish preferably with Injera. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/rminchet.html IMAGE SOURCE: https://www.afoodieworld.com/foodie/3251-ethiopian-eats-minchet-abish-wot
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 […]
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/
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 […]
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/
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Gored Gored Recipe
Learn how to make Gored Gored 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 pounds of tender beef4 tablespoon Niter Kibbeh (seasoned butter)4 tablespoon Berbere Awaze INSTRUCTIONS Cut the beef in cubes and on a medium skillet melt the butter (Niter Kibbeh) at low heat.Mix the beef and berbere Awaze in the butter.Sautee at high heat for 1-3 minutes continuously stirring until the meat cooked rare, medium or well done depending on your taste.Traditionally, it is served rare. Add a pinch of salt to taste and enjoy with injera or rice. Learn More About Ethiopian Foods Here. RECIPE SOURCE: https://allaboutethio.com/rgoredgored.html IMAGE SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gored_gored
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/
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 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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]