5 Reasons why you should eat Ethiopian Food

Theo Johnson of blapblapmedia.com for Bunna Cafe.

Ethiopian Food is not just something you eat, it’s something you experience. It’s difficult too explain how amazing it is in just one article, but we managed to sum up some of the top reasons it’s great here:

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1. The EXPERIENCE

The scents, the colors, the textures and traditions that make up Ethiopian cuisine, make dining truly a unique experience. When we serve coffee we don’t just pour it in a cup, instead we do so with a beautiful ceremony that allows you to experience the coffee- from watching the beans being roasted, ground and served.  Traditionally, the food is served in a large hand woven colorful beautiful basket like structure called a Mesob. You share the platter and eat with your hands. This communal process will bring you closer to the people you share a meal with. If you really want to eat like an Ethiopian, you can hand feed someone you’re cool with. We call that “gursha.” If you’re looking to impress a date or try something new with friends try visiting an Ethiopian restaurant!

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony (eat ethio)

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Source: Eat Ethio (instagram)


2. The FLAVOR

The flavor is on another level! Ethiopians know how to spice their food. Drop the bland struggle plate and replace it with a “disti” of some amazing flavorful foods. Our spice game is like nothing you’ve experienced. Berbere, a fragrant red spice blend of everything from sundried peppers, cinnamon, cardamon and many more delicious spices, is the key to our unique flavor!  But we have many more spices, like tumeric and mitmita in our spice rack to turn up the flavor! So try some classics like tibs, kitfo or if you’re vegetarian alicha and let the flavor take you away!

Ethiopian Spices (eat ethio)

Source: Eat Ethio (Instagram)

 

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3. It’s BUDGET FRIENDLY 

Ethiopian food not only will upgrade your flavor game but it will do so without hurting your pocket book!  Take for example my favorite dish, misir, a perfectly spiced stewed lentil dish which is easy to make and won’t break bank! Plus it’s incredibly filling!   Looking to eat good, healthy and delicious without maxing out your credit card? Try making some Ethiopian vegetarian dishes at home or go to a restaurant and share a platter with friends. Sharing is caring!

Source: NikishaBrunson (Instagram)


4. It’s VEGAN FRIENDLY too! 

Ethiopians have perfected Vegan cuisine! For religious reasons, many Orthodox Christian Ethiopians fast throughout the year. Our version of fasting, however, just means that all dairy and animal products (meat, eggs etc) are restricted from our diet. So we’ve been cooking vegetarian and vegan  meals for generations!  Tired of the lifeless salad? Afraid going vegetarian will kill your joy? Try Ethiopian cuisine-we know how its done!

Source: Azla Vegan (instagram)

Source: Azla Vegan (Instagram)

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5. It’s GOOD FOR YOU!

Injera, that large spongy crepe that we use for everything from a utensil to main course, is traditionally made with the Ethiopian grain Teff. Teff is naturally  gluten free and rich in iron. It has even been referred to as the next super grain. So trade those boring sandwiches for some hearty Teff injera with our delicious wot (stews)!

Source: Lydia Teff (instagram)

Source: Lydia Teff (instagram)

 

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My grandma never had the opportunity to go to school, but her hustle was real. She came to Canada and set up a business selling injera across the city. Her team, aka her sons would deliver it to local convenient stores and everyone knew Mama's injera was the best. When I got a bit older my mom tried to show me. It was important that the injera had more "eyes" – and by eyes I mean small circular pockets in the spongey bread. I wasn't that good nor did I have the patience so I stopped. One of my missions this year is to make injera from scratch. It is a labour of love and once you see it made you'll know what I mean. Get ready y'all soon my mesob (the basket I'm holding that traditionally it's served in) will be full 🙏🏾 okay and by soon I mean later in the year lol-I need time to get this right lol. #blackfoodie #addisababa #ethiopia

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2 Comments

  • Becca says:

    Hey Eden, I found your site through Scrappy Hour and OMG it is beautiful! I absolutely love Ethiopian food and I don’t eat it enough. Thanks for the reminder – I am off to look for a recipe for yedoro tibs!

    • Angel says:

      Rusty, yes, this is the beginning of igieednrnts used to make the same food that is served at the bottom. It’s also the same food that is used to eat the food itself, simultaneously edible and a utensil a sour one at that! But yeah, a starter has to be made first so that an active yeast culture can cause the injera starter to grow sour before cooking it.

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