On this page you will discover the amazing culinary foods that Ethiopian Cuisine has to offer. Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, including many of the best traditional Ethiopian recipes, on how to create dishes and full course meals that will transport you just north of the equator, in Eastern Central Africa. Also you will get information and resources to be able to prepare them.
My first experience of eating Ethiopian Cuisine was when a young lady I was dating took me to The Blue Nile, one of the American franchised chain restaurants. The Blue Nile offers not only authentic Ethiopian cuisine, but the traditional manner in which to eat it.
You sit in low wicker basket seats arranged around a central large wicker basket. A waiter brings out a large circular platter and places it in the wicker basket, then lines the basket with injera – (a tasty, supple and spongy flatbread).
Everyone is given a hot, moist towel to wash their hands while the meal is being prepared. You will be eating with your hands (right hand only!).
When the waiter returns, he (or she) is carrying another large platter, from which are scooped up a large assortment of fragrant and sumptuous entrees, and ladled onto the injera bread. Each diner is given a large pancake sized piece of injera, from which you tear off pieces to use as an edible utensil with which to scoop up mouthfuls of the entrees.
Now, as an American, growing up as a young adult in the 70s and 80s, I had always heard that the people of Ethiopia were starving. The country has gone through decades of drought and famine. Even recently I have read articles on the continuing challenges they face there with child malnutrition and starvation.
So you can imagine the irony going on in my head when I sat down to this “Ethiopian Feast”, the main meal offered at the Blue Nile!
Needless to say, I was astounded at not only the vast assortment of foods spread out in front of me, but also how exquisitely they were prepared and tasted. I had to think: Well, I suppose this is what a feast of Ethiopian cuisine would be like, if Ethiopians had food.
And I do hope if, among the readers we get from all over the world, here at Ethnic Foods R Us, there are some people from Ethiopia, that you would please leave comments? Let us all know the “real” story of what is happening in your country, not just what we get in the media, okay?
But enough digressive background.
If you are fortunate enough to live where there is bounty, and are blessed with a good and nutritious steady diet of food, count this as another blessing to be thankful for. You will now be treated to some of the finest authentic and traditional recipes that comprise the marvelous body of-
Please note: For your convenience, you can click on the recipes listed below and be taken directly to a page with just that recipe on it, in printer-friendly format.
Here is the list, in alphabetical order:
Abesha Gomen (Ethiopian Collard Greens with Niter Kibbeh Spiced Butter)
Azifa (Ethiopian Cold Lentil Salad)
Dabo Kolo (Ethiopian Snack Bread)
Doro Tibs Wat (Ethiopian-style Stew with Meat)
Duba Wat (Ethiopian-style Stew with Pumpkin and Squash)
Kifto (Ethiopian Spiced Raw Beef) + Niter Kibbesh (Ethiopian Spiced Butter)
Kik Wat (Red Lentil Stew)
Lamb Tibs (Marinated and Stewed Chunks of Lamb)
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