5 of the best things to eat
Popular in Arba Minch, a town about 300 miles southwest of Addis Ababa, this quick fish dish is full of snappy flavours and textures. Asa means ‘fish’ and lebleb means ‘lightly cooked’ (a reference to the vegetables, which should be crunchy).
Pumpkin (duba) is grown, and sold, across the country. This spicy stew is usually served as part of a spread of vegetable dishes but also makes an excellent side dish for chicken, meat or fish.
Mashed fava or broad beans might be the national dish of Egypt but it is also hugely popular for breakfast in Ethiopia. In the Middle East it often comes garnished with olive oil, parsley, lemon and garlic but in Ethiopia it gets mashed into onions and topped with eggs, yogurt and chopped jalapeños.
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A popular dish to prepare on religious festivities or birthdays, this spicy lamb stew traditionally uses pieces from both the front and rear legs of the animal.
These barley flour bars are often referred to as ‘local chocolate’ but don’t expect them to be sweet (this is a cuisine virtually free of sugar). Some cooks like to add cardamom, cloves or black pepper.