Don’t Leave Ethiopia Without Trying These Dishes

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You may be visiting Ethiopia for the fascinating history or beautiful landscapes, but you should definitely also be going for the food. Ethiopian cuisine is full of bold flavors and as interesting as her people. Here are 4 dishes you you should make a point to try. 


Every country has a staple food and in Ethiopia that is injera. The thin, spongy bread is made from teff flour and water, and used as a utensil to scoop up other dishes.

Doro Wat

What is doro wat? This spicy chicken stew is often considered the national dish of Ethiopia. It’s made with chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, and a variety of spices. And eaten with injera, of course.


Although meat is a big part of Ethiopian cuisine, there is something for the vegetarians too. Shiro is a chickpea or lentil stew that is made using a blend of spices, including berbere and is thickened with flour.


You cannot visit the home of coffee and not have a cup. As coffee is such a part of Ethiopian culture, it is often served in a traditional ceremony that involves roasting the beans, grinding them, and brewing them in a clay pot.