If you ask us to mention one cuisine that is equally healthy and tasty, without any doubt, it is Ethiopian food. Shiro be Kibbe, Berbere, Doro wat, Fir-Fir – these are all those Ethiopian delicacies that you need to dig in if you start salivating in anticipation of good food. Talking about Ethiopian food, they are totally unique and different in every way possible. Overtly spicy, utterly diverse, extremely flavorful – today we will be talking about some of the most fascinating Ethiopian food that are just hard to miss. While a traditional Ethiopian dish typically consists of wat and injera, you can always expect twist in ingredients and taste in every other recipe. They can be extremely vegan-friendly. And there are dishes as well that seriously include all kinds of meat like beef and lamb. Note that, Ethiopians abstain from eating pork due to religious belief.
You need to use your hands to bring the food into your mouth for most of the Ethiopian dishes, except for some dishes like the raw beef dish, ‘tere sega’ where they provide you a steak knife. It’s specialty sourdough bread which is famous as ‘injera‘ is one of its kind. Made from the smallest grain in the world, teff, it is one of the healthiest bread that you would find in the whole world. Not only that, but Ethiopia is also the birthplace of coffee. So much of food sagas associated with only one country, interesting no? want to know more about the best Ethiopian food? Have a read and get some major hunger pangs.
Tempting & Best Traditional Ethiopian Food, You Must Try :
Talking about meat dishes, traditionally a celebration dish, tibs is essentially an Ethiopian food that consists of stir-fried meats along with vegetables. It often uses beef diced into small chunks and gets served along with sautéed vegetables. Vegetables can also be avoided and the preparation is very much aromatic as it is fried with butter and uses rosemary and garlic seasoning. You will get it in plenty amount along the streets of Addis Ababa and they will serve it with a slightly spicy sauce named awaze. Ethiopians eat it with injera (obviously) and it is quite affordable too.
A red lentil stew, misir wat is a vegetarian delicacy you would find everywhere in Ethiopia. You won’t even believe how flavorful a mere vegetarian dish can taste until you dig in a delightful serving of misir wat or misir wot. The taste profile can slightly differ from restaurant to restaurant but one thing that is the same across the country and also outside the country is its hot-n-spicy nature. An ultimate creamy red lentil soup that you can gulp down like comfort food.
It is your normal salad a seasoning of berbere spices, olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar. They add diced tomatoes, onions, lots of green chiles to the salad and usually consume it after the spicy wat/wot dishes. It often gets served on the top of injera and its cool taste balances out the otherwise spicy Ethiopian food. As a welcoming variation, Ethiopians may add lettuce or jalapenos to the preparation and your tastebuds are bound to love the refreshing taste of this traditional salad preparation.
A meatless variation of your usual couscous, Buticha is essentially a chickpea porridge which is a must-try for the health freaks. You can also call it an Ethiopian Hummus and can use it as a vegan sandwich spread. The dip is usually made with fava bean flour or chickpea flour. And all the ingredients are vigorously blended until they are really smooth. You need to try this in Ethiopia along with the injera bread for experiencing an authentic Ethiopian cuisine.
Fatira is the very famous street food of Ethiopia that they consume for breakfast. It is a large crispy fried pancake that is served with scrambled eggs and honey. The pancake is usually cut into small pieces for convenient eating and the layer of the egg will be either on the top or inside the pancake. The scrambled egg preparation is made by adding lots of veggies to it like onion, tomatoes, and chiles. And this adds a nice punch of taste to the otherwise neutral Fatira. Hit the street of Ethiopia and start your day off with Fatira and a hot brewing cuppa coffee.
Ethiopian Coffee Cake:
Well, sweet dishes in Ethiopia are rare. With so many spicy wots and meat preparations around, it is not very easy to get your hands on some really tasty sweet dishes here. But the country won’t deprive your sweet tooth completely. For instance, take the example of this absofreakinglutely gorgeous coffee cake. It is an infusion of all the heavenly stuff like coffee biscuit, vanilla, cream, yogurt, and ice cream. Usually, biscuits made from coffee are topped with generous amount off apricot ice cream. But you can, of course, ask for your desired ice cream flavor.
Injera Bread Pudding:
If you haven’t got it by now, let us confirm you once more that injera is everywhere in this country. And this is a soulful sweet pudding version of the normal flatbread injera. Ethiopians cook it in a traditional manner using eggs, vanilla, butter, and milk. It is a brilliant variation of the normal bread pudding and tastes yum. You must try out this offbeat Ethiopian food once you finish off tasting all those doses of spice and meat.
Ethiopia is one of those African countries that have preserved their ancient culture so well and the same is true for Ethiopian food too. Ethiopians eat their food with their right hands and a meal usually consists of pieces of injera, wat, kitfo, kocho, and some butter coffee or kebbeh. They use chili pepper and butter in almost everything. From breakfast to snacking to a wholesome meal, Ethiopians just know how to eat it right. So, folks, if you love spices and love to explore global cuisines, go to Ethiopia. You just need to be in Ethiopia and taste some really tempting Ethiopian food to understand how palatable it is.