Ethiopian Recipes

Iab (cheese)
1/2 gallon whole milk
1/4 c. + 2 T. lemon juice
cheesecloth
1/2 c. yogurt
salt
white pepper
pinch asafetida
Bring the milk to a boil. Remove from heat & stir in ~1/4 c. lemon juice slowly, until curdled. Strain through cheesecloth and let hang for 1/2 hour. Place cheese in a bowl and stir in lemon juice, asafetida, yogurt, salt, & pepper to taste.

Doro Wat (chicken)
4 chicken breasts, cubed
1 onion, cut in wedges
head garlic, roughly chopped
2 T. lemon juice
2 t. salt
2 t. ginger, chopped
1/2 t. ground fenugreek
1/2 t. cardamom
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 c. butter or niter kebbeh
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/4 c. Berbere (spice mix, below)
2 T. paprika
4 eggs, hard boiled
Sauté onion, garlic, lemon juice, salt, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, & nutmeg in butter or niter kebbeh for 2-3 minutes. Add water, wine, berbere and paprika. Simmer for 5 min or until sauce thickens. Add the chicken cubes and simmer for 10 min. Pierce eggs with a fork and add. Cover and simmer for 20 min, or until chicken is tender.

Vegetable Alecha (vegetable stew)
1 med. onion, in wedges
4 T. oil or niter kebbeh (see below)
4 carrots, in 1 in. pieces
3 c. water
16 oz. can tomato sauce
2 t. salt
1 t. ginger, minced
3 potatoes, peeled & in 1 in pieces
sm. cabbage, in wedges
1/4 c. berbere (spice mix, below)
Sauté onions until soft, add carrots, water, tomato sauce, salt, & ginger and simmer for 10 min, covered. Add potatoes & berbere and cook for another 10 min. Add cabbage and cook until tender.

Mesir Wat (lentils)
1c. red lentils
1 onion, minced
1/4 c. oil or niter kebbeh (see below)
1/2 t. Paprika
2 T. tomato paste
1/2 head garlic, minced
2 t. ginger, minced
salt
1/4 c. berbere
water
Soak lentils in water for 30 min, rinse, and drain. Sauté onion in oil or niter kebbeh until soft. Add tomato paste, paprika, water, ginger, garlic, berbere, and salt and bring to a boil. Add lentils, put on very low heat and cook for 20-30 min, or until lentils are soft.

Injera
2 c. sourdough
1/4 c. teff
~1/4 c. white flour
Add teff to sourdough ~24 hrs in advance & set on countertop. add the white flour until you have the correct consistency, slightly thicker than crepe batter and thinner than pancake batter. Thinly spread a shy 1/2 c. onto a hot griddle and allow to bubble remove from griddle when the bottom is about to brown. Let set 5-10 min. before serving. Makes 6 pancakes.

Niter Kebbeh (spiced ghee)
1lb. ghee
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 piece ginger, chopped
2 slices onion, chopped
1/2 t. fenugreek seeds
1/3 t. cumin seeds
1/2 t. cardamom seeds
dash turmeric
Cook 15 min, strain.

Berbere (dry)
3/4 c. paprika
1/4 c. cumin
2 T. cardamom
2 T. ground fenugreek
2 T. ground ginger
2 T. cayenne
2 T. salt
1 T. white pepper
1 T. ground coriander
1 T. nutmeg
1/2 T. turmeric
1/2 T. ground allspice
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
Use the freshest ingredients possible. I recommend buying from the bulk spices section of a co-op. Mix together and grind again in a mortar & pestle if possible. Makes about 2 cups.

Carrot Cake

Cake:

1 c. pecan pieces
3 c. grated carrot
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1-1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. cardamom
4 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. veg oil
2 t. vanilla

Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
16 oz. cream cheese
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Oil & flour cake pans. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar & beat 3-4 minutes, until batter is thick & light. Add oil in a steady stream. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients mixture until just combined. Fold in carrots and nuts. Bake about 30 minutes for 2 rounds or about 40 minutes for a 9×11 cake pan or about 20 minutes for cupcakes. Cool 10 minutes then invert on wire rack.

Winter Chocolates

4 habanero peppers
1 stick butter
1 lb. chocolate
nibs
cocoa powder

Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers. Chop them lightly and let them cook in the butter for about an hour. Strain, pressing the flesh through. Throw away the skins. Melt the chocolate in the butter. In a chocolate mould, sprinkle nibs. Pour in the melted chocolate and freeze until solid. Pop out the chocolates and dust with cocoa powder.

Biscotti

Vanilla:
2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. chopped almonds
1 t. vanilla (or hazelnut)

Chocolate:
2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. chopped almonds
3 T. butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla (or hazlenut)
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 325. Toss together dry (not sugar) ingredients. In a separate bowl cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs ~2 minutes. Slowly stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Turn out dough & shape into a log. Place log on cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Press to 3/4″ tall. Bake 30-35 minuets or until firm. Remove from oven & cool 15min. Reduce oven to 275. Saw log into biscotti and place them on side on cookie sheet. Bake 30-35 min. Cool 1 1/2 hour. Drizzle with chocolate.

Scones

Mix together:
1 c. flour
1 c. wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt

Cut in:
5 T. cold butter

Stir in:
1/4 c. dried fruit, chopped
1/4 c. chopped nuts

Beat in a seperate bowl:
2 eggs

Reserve 2 T. of eggs. Mix the rest into the flour mixture. Pat into a square about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 4 (or 8 for smaller scones) triangles. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush tops with reserved egg. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.

Vanilla Cheesecake

5 pkgs. cream cheese
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. buttermilk
2 T. flour
5 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1 T. lemon juice

Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and buttermilk. Add eggs one at a time; beat slowly until lumps are almost gone. Bake at 350 for one hour. Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours.

Spicy Peanut Noodle

Sauce:
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 t. crushed red pepper
1 t. honey
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 T. vermouth
1 t. pressed garlic
1 T. sesame oil
1/2 T. dry ginger
1/3 c. cream of coconut

Mix together and pour over:
1/2 lb. of cooked linguine
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
3 chopped radishes
1 chopped stalk of celery
2-3 chopped green onions

Refrigerate.