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13 Delicious Ethiopian Recipes That Deliver On Flavor

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There's no denying that Ethiopian food is delicious — from slow-simmered doro wat, to veggie-filled sambusas, to goes-with-everything injera. 🇪🇹

Many classic dishes can be made at home with just a little time and effort. And if you haven't tried Ethiopian food yet, know that there's something for everyone. The cuisine is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, as many of the staple ingredients — like vegetables, lentils, and plenty of spices and herbs — are accessible to all.

Here are 13 recipes to get you started!

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1. Injera

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This spongy and tangy flatbread can be found alongside a variety of savory dishes in Ethiopian cuisine and is fantastic for sopping up extra sauce.

Recipe: Injera

2. Doro Wat

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This rich chicken stew featuring hard-boiled eggs is great if you're looking to make dinner ahead of time. It also pairs nicely with injera!

Recipe: Doro Wat

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3. Marcus Samuelsson's Tibs

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Aromatics like rosemary and cumin brighten up cubed beef tenderloin in this recipe from award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Recipe: Tibs

4. Shiro

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Shiro is a great recipe to try if you're looking for a hearty stew that's also vegetarian. This dish is built around chickpea flour and boosted with chilies.

Recipe: Shiro

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5. Gomen

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Gomen is a quick and easy way to get your greens on your plate and to cut through the richness of a main dish. Either collard greens or kale will work for this recipe.

Recipe: Gomen

6. Spiced Lentil Sambusas

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Sambusas are a tasty snack that can either be fried or baked and filled with just about anything. This lentil-stuffed version is great if you're looking for a vegetarian version to whip up.

Recipe: Spiced Lentil Sambusas

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7. Kitfo

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Kitfo is a traditional dish that's similar to beef tartare. Served up with injera, it can be eaten as an appetizer.

Recipe: Kitfo

8. Quant'a Firfir

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This meal of dried beef and injera is typically eaten for breakfast in Ethiopia. Check out this version featured on the blog My African Food Map.

Recipe: Quant's Firfir

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9. Kai Wot

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This recipe is similar to doro wat but uses beef instead of chicken. It doesn't hold back on the heat, so this is great if you're a spice lover.

Recipe: Kai Wot

10. Misr Wot

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Check out this dish if you're looking for a new way to cook the lentils you've stocked up on. One great selling point for this recipe is that it only calls for a few ingredients!

Recipe: Misr Wot

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11. Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter

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This clarified butter, known as niter kibbeh, is used in several Ethiopian dishes to add richness. It's relatively easy to whip up in your kitchen if you can't find a store near you that sells it, and it only takes about 25 minutes!

Recipe: Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter

12. Alecha Wat

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Turmeric and butter help boost cabbage and potatoes to make this tasty side dish.

Recipe: Alecha Wat

13. Siga Tibs and Ethiopian Salad

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A refreshing Ethiopian salad with a little bit of spice plus injera are two great accompaniments for this beef centerpiece.

Recipe: Siga Tibs and Ethiopian Salad

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