Habesha Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand

Habesha Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand

So we are in Bangkok Thailand as part of our food finding mission and guess what, An Ethiopian Restaurant. Now we had know idea that one would exist. Any way without delay we got ourselves over to the Ethiopian eatery. Now that in self was a bit of a mission as on a few web searches… Read More

Ethiopian Keep Calm & Carry on

Ethiopian Keep Calm & Carry on

Ethiopian Keep Calm & Carry on Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 several months before the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. It had… Read More

Sweet Ethiopia in the Desert with Desserts

Sweet Ethiopia in the Desert with Desserts

Sweet Ethiopia in the Desert with Desserts             After reading the Mesob across America WordPress page from Harry (Which by the way is always a good read), i was inspired and a little confused to find out that we really do not have many, if any, desserts within our cuisine.… Read More

What is Besobela – Beso Bela

What is Besobela – Beso Bela

An incredibly delicate herb that is sun-dried and often ground to a powder. It has purple flower and a delightful smell. Also know as sacred basil, this herb is an absolute must for many Ethiopian dishes. Use it as you would a regular basil or oregano type of herb. Fantastic as a rub for BBQ meats, chicken or fish, super in a Ragu or tomato based sauce. Its uses within Ethiopian cooking is wide and can be found in Kibe (kibbbeh, qiibe) a Ethiopian spiced butter, Shiro, Berbere and many other dishes. Regular Basil found outside Ethiopian, meaning a Italian type of affair is no substitute. Read More

What is Mitmita?

What is Mitmita?

What is Mitmita? If Berebere is the “Big Daddy” of Ethiopian spices then Mitmita would be classed as the “Heavyweight”. This amazing blend packs a real punch on the heat seekers chart for sure. Like Berbere, Mitmaita is often made at home and the blends can change from house to house. Mitmita (Amharic: ሚጥሚጣ?, IPA: [mitʼmitʼa])… Read More

Ethiopian Coffee by Types and Regions

Ethiopian Coffee by Types and Regions

A little Tour of Ethiopian Coffee Regions and Types There are many regions in Ethiopia that produce unique tasting coffees. They are all Arabica strains and not robusta. They are sometimes wet processed (washed), sometimes dry processed (usually indicated by a “DP”). The dry processed beans tend to be more fruity. The Harrar coffee region… Read More

What is koseret?

What is koseret?

What is Koseret? Koseret or Lippia Javanica is a member of the verbena family. Now there about 200 strains of Lippia and i am for sure uncertain about all of them found outside of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian variety has a light herbaceous taste and could be described as being close to Oregano but with a… Read More

Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad

Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad

Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad After a little Google surfing we found to our astonishment, a solar powered Injera mitad. Now this is sure news to us, although maybe not all of you. It looks amazing and from our point of view anything Eco friendly gets the thumbs up. i am not… Read More

What is Berbere?

What is Berbere?

What is Berbere? ​ Berbere ​You will not get very far in your Ethiopian cooking without this mainstay blend. This we could say is the "Big Daddy" of Ethiopian cuisine. With a deep red paprika colour, berbere is a blend of many spices with its base very much set in the red chilli corner. It… Read More

How to make Injera

How to make Injera

How to make Injera We have had several emails asking about how to make injera without Tef (teff). Well finally we have have got around to doing this for you. This version is made with equal parts Rice flour and plan Wheat flour. You will need a little active yeast and water. There are several other recipes for… Read More

What are the names of Ethiopian food dishes and recipes?

What are the names of Ethiopian food dishes and recipes?

What are the names of Ethiopian food dishes and recipes? If you are new to Ethiopian food, then this little list will for sure give you a helping hand. We are super happy that you have come this far with an interest in Ethiopian food. And we are of course here to help you, if we can.… Read More

Ethiopian Cooking  – Ethiopian pots and dishes

Ethiopian Cooking – Ethiopian pots and dishes

Ethiopian clay Pots and Dishes There are several different types dishes used to serve Ethiopian food. The main 3 are: 01 – A tall clay dish, which hot charcoal is placed under to keep the upper level hot. This is usually used for Tibs but you can use it for any dry (none sauce) food.… Read More

Ethiopian Coffee origins – Kaldi and His Goats

Ethiopian Coffee origins – Kaldi and His Goats

This is just one variation on the Kaldi story: More than a thousand years ago, Kaldi, an Abyssinian goat herder saw his goats acting a little strange. They were said to almost be dancing on their hind legs. Further investigation, saw they were eating red cherries of some wild bushes. Intrigued, he tasted some, and… Read More

Ethiopian Food – Nile Perch – Ethiopian Fish Recipes

Ethiopian Food – Nile Perch – Ethiopian Fish Recipes

As a land locked country the Ethiopian fish of choice is the Nile Perch. The Nile perch (Lates niloticus) is a species of freshwater fish in family Latidae of order Perciformes. It is widespread throughout much of Ethiopia. ​Lates niloticus is silver in colour with a blue tinge. It has a distinctive dark-black eye, with… Read More

Ethiopian Lotions and Tonics

Ethiopian Lotions and Tonics

​​ Ethiopian Herbal plants and how they are used. As in every country Ethiopia has many plants and roots that are used for medical use. Generations of familes have used many of these, though perhaps many of them are "wives tales", many people swear by these. We just need to point out that we are… Read More

Karamara Ethiopian Restaurant Review – Arlington VA.

Karamara Ethiopian Restaurant Review – Arlington VA.

Karamara Ethiopian Restaurant is located in the heart of the growing Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington, VA. Tucked away in a cozy strip of restaurants, Karamara offers convenient parking and a very enjoyable dining experience. With a more casual area downstairs to sit and a larger more formal dining area upstairs, guests are treated to… Read More

Ethiopian Tea

Ethiopian Tea

Completely over shadowed by its coffee (buna), Ethiopian tea is produced and widely drunk within the country. it is traditionally drunk black and made with cinnamon, cloves and cardamon. Sugar and lots of it is added. Honey can be used as a replacement for sugar and Ethiopia has lots of different types of fantastic honey.… Read More

What is Injera?

What is Injera?

Injera is probably the hardest thing to make within Ethiopian cooking. The process is long and i have heard many tales that the altitude and water of Ethiopia affect the out come, how true this is i do not know. What i do know is that it is not easy to make well and of… Read More

Fast Food Far Away

Fast Food Far Away

What a great relief it is to know that Ethiopia does not have a single McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and in fact any other high street food brand. Although Addis Ababa is a throbbing large city with many of the trappings of other major world capitals, it is void of plastic food outlets. North Korea,… Read More

Ethiopian recipes Doro Wot wat wet

What is what, Wot Wat Wet… I think i am going with Wot in this blog but it does seem to have several spellings. Probably the most famous dish in Ethiopian cooking, Doro wot is a fantastic slow cooked chicken dish (Doro means chicken). Not a fast dish to cook but well worth the time… Read More

What is Ethiopian Food – Part One

With a population of 80 million, up to 80 languages and a land mass of 426,000 sq miles (that is bigger than France and Spain combine), depending on which reports you choose to go with.  Little as far as i can see is known about the fantastic food of Ethiopia. Yes, we do have pockets… Read More

The Organic boom and Ethiopia

The Organic boom and Ethiopia

Organic chicken, organic eggs, organic beef, organic this and organic that. The western world is awash with organic products that we all pay a premium on. Now i am not saying that we should not be buying these products as i believe on the whole they are (should be) better in standard and quality, its… Read More