Ethiopian Cuisine

Kik Alicha

Alicha is a mild split pea stew simmered in a turmeric and ginger-based sauce. Split peas are known as kək or kikki in the local languages of Ethiopia – hence the name, kik alicha. Our Weekly Sale from April 7th – 13th celebrates Ethiopian cuisine and you’ll find organic yellow split peas featured in the sale. A traditional ingredient that gives kik alicha its authentic flavor is an Ethiopian spiced clarified butter known as Niter Kibbeh. Unfortunately, this ingredient can be hard to find around here, but we invite you to try making your own, or you may substitute ghee (though it will lack the full spice and aromatic profile of the original dish). This healthy, hearty one-pot meal is vegetarian and gluten-free making it a deliciously inclusive crowd-pleaser and it’s particularly tasty when scooped up with the traditional Ethiopian flatbread known as Injera!

Injera (Ethiopian Flatbread)

Injera is a soft, thin pancake-like flatbread made from fermented teff batter. A staple food in Ethiopia, the bread is typically used for scooping stews, meat, and vegetables like Doro Wat, Gomen, and Kik Alicha (all three of which are featured on our blog this week!). Our weekly sale from April 7th – 13th celebrates the cuisine of Ethiopia and you’ll find Bob’s Red Mill teff flour featured in the sale, which is all you’ll need to make this traditional flatbread. Much like sourdough bread, injera is a product of fermentation, so while the steps and ingredients are simple, you’ll need to plan ahead by starting the fermentation of the batter 4 days before you’d like to prepare the injera. The resulting bread is naturally gluten-free and the fermentation process improves the digestibility and bioavailability of the nutrients present in the teff flour.

Ye’abasha Gomen (Ethiopian Collard Greens)

Our Weekly Sale from April 7th – 13th celebrates Ethiopian Cuisine and we think you’ll love these healthy, hearty braised greens known as Ye’abasha Gomen. They’re traditionally prepared with an Ethiopian spiced clarified butter known as Niter Kibbeh, though that can be challenging to find around these parts. You could take a crack at making your own, or sub in plain clarified butter/ghee (though it will lack the full flavor and aromatic profile of the original dish). You’ll find organic collard greens and organic yellow onions featured in the Weekly Sale, so it’s a great time to give this dish a try! It pairs well with Doro Wat (an Ethiopian spicy chicken stew) and Injera (an Ethiopian flatbread), and you can find recipes for these dishes on our blog this week, or pick up copies at the Weekly Sale display!