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

Ethiopian Snack - Kolo
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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

Ethiopian Snack - Dabo Kolo
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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 pieces. You can also cut the dough into larger, more thicker pieces. This will give you a variety of Dabo Kolo known as kaka or “Somali biscuit”.

You can find the recipe to make Dabo Kollo here.

Ethiopian Snack #3: Fendisha

Ethiopian Snack - Fendisha
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Fendisha is the Ethiopian name for popcorn, apparently a popular snack celebrated across the world. In Ethiopia, however, Fendisha has a unique place in the heart of the people not as a snack to munch on while watching a movie, but as one of the most important parts of the beloved Ethiopian coffee ceremony, where it is served to guests while they wait for the coffees.