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Blogging Marathon# 36: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Ethiopian Cuisine
Dish: Tomato Salad

My theme for this week’s blogging marathon is trying 3 dishes from either European, African or Oceanian cuisines. I wanted to try some dishes from African cuisine, but after reading through the list of regions and dishes on wiki, I decided to stick to Ethiopian Cuisine. Ethiopia is a country that is located in Horn of Africa, the eastern most projection of African continent. It was interesting to know that Ethiopia is one of the oldest location for human life known to scientists.

Coming to Ethiopian cuisine, it consists of vegetable and often very spicy meat dishes, in the form of wat, served on a large sourdough based flat bread called injera. Also Ethiopians eat with their right hand just as Indians do and the spices used are also very similar.

Ethiopian Spice Mix

Today I have two Ethiopian recipes: Berbere spice mix — this is very similar to our very own garam masala and is essential to make maby Ethiopian dishes. I already have a recipe for berbere spice, but this one’s a little different and it is Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s recipe. Second recipe is a simple and refreshing Tomato salad.

Ethiopian Spice mix

Ethiopian Berbere Spice

  • Servings: 12-cup
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipes to make Berbere spice mix and Ethiopian style tomato salad,

Summary

  • Cuisine: ethiopian
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: condiments
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 tsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
pods – 6 Cardamom
4 Cloves
½ tsp Peppercorns
5 Dry red chilies – broken (I used the ones I got from Indian store)
¼ tsp Ground Allspice
¼ cup Onion powder – (or use ½cup of dried onion flakes)
3 tbsps Paprika
2 tsps Kosher Salt
½ tsp Ground ginger
½ tsp Ground nutmeg
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon

Steps

  1. Dry roast coriander seeds, fenugreek, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns and dry red chilies until fragrant. Make sure they don’t burn. Cool them completely.
  2. Grind the spices into a smooth powder. If using dried onion flakes, then grind them along with the other spices into powder.
  3. Remove into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.

Ethiopian Spice mix
Ethiopian Spice mix

Ethiopian Tomato Salad:

Ethiopian style tomato salad

Ethiopian Tomato Salad:

  • Servings: 23-serving
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipes to make Berbere spice mix and Ethiopian style tomato salad,

Summary

  • Cuisine: ethiopian
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: salad
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 Tomatoes – chopped
1 Onion – small, finely chopped
1 Green chilies – finely chopped
For the dressing:
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar (or use rice wine vinegar)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Sugar
to taste Salt & Pepper

Steps

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. Combine tomatoes, onion and chilies in a mixing bowl. Add the dressing and mix well. Set aside for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Ethiopian style tomato salad

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 36.

10 thoughts on “Ethiopian Tomato Salad (and Berbere spice recipe)”

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with Etiopian cuisine. I love berbere spice mix – it makes many of their meat and veggie dishes so delicious but I hate injera bread – the texture I find so unappetizing – like a sponge.

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with Etiopian cuisine. I love berbere spice mix – it makes many of their meat and veggie dishes so delicious but I hate injera bread – the texture I find so unappetizing – like a sponge.

  3. Hey,Great. post right to the point cook with a lot details and informationThe salad it something, my grandma used to do back homeNow most of my family they don’t know how to do it they buy salad in package lol.Thanks you so much!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>……Stream Africa

  4. Great post! I’m going through a major obsession with spices this summer and am excited to add berbere to my arsenal. I recently purchased imported berbere from http://www.fassica.com The tastewas great. I cooked Misir wot – spicy red lentils and love it.

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