The menu for the evening will include four vegan dishes and one meat dish, all served with freshly made teff injera with a side of salad. In addition, you will be invited to participate in an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony from the roasting of the beans to the famous "pour" from a traditional clay coffee pot. Heads up, there is no decaf option.
Scroll down to learn about each dish and the multitude of health benefits each brings to the table.
Injera is a staple of Ethiopian cuisine and is a fermented, spongy bread made of teff grain, a gluten-free ancient grain native to the horn of Africa. It is packed with protein, fiber, magnesium, B6, zinc, calcium, and vitamin C. That means it helps circulation, promotes weight loss, bone health & digestion. It even alleviates PMS symptoms and supports the immune system!
Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia. A goat-herder noticed his animals would get hyper after eating little red beans off of what we now know was a coffee plant. Since then, coffee has gone from a beverage to a ceremony. The fresh beans are roasted, and guests are invited to inhale the therapeutic aroma before the beans are ground and boiled in a traditional jebena, a clay pot pictured here. And the taste? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself.
Sega Key Wot
This beef stew has an amazing depth of flavor. We will serve a spicy and mild to please any pallet. Ingredients include onions sauteed in olive oil, minced garlic, chopped ginger, a secret spice mix, and some salt. For the spicy version, we add some berbere, a spice mix containing chili (primary), salt, fenugreek, ginger, shallot onion, coriander, cardamom, garlic, cloves and cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. Berbere is known for it's signature fire-red color.
These collard greens are washed, chopped, and briefly boiled before being added to onions sauteed in olive oil. A little garlic, ginger, and fresh lemon juice give this dish an irresistible mmmm-mmmm!
This vegan dish starts with onions slowly caramelized in olive oil. Add water and lentils in addition to turmeric, salt, light jalapenos, and viola! Mouthwateringly delicious!
Chopped carrots, onions, cabbage, and potatoes are the core of this delicious dish. Spiced with delicious and nutritious ginger, garlic, turmeric, and cumin, you can eat heartily and guilt-free. Enjoy!
Miser Key Wot
Misir Key Wot is another example of a vegetarian dish featuring red lentils. It starts with onions that are slowly caramelized in olive oil. Added next are minced garlic, ginger, and tomato sauce. Then comes a generous dose of berbere. The lentils are then slow-simmered with these highly aromatic and flavorful ingredients until they’re soft. Season with salt, pepper, and cardamom, and the wot is ready to serve with Injera.