Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pseudo Ethiopian Dinner

Pseudo Ethiopian

Due to a few people talking about Ethiopian food for the past day or so (looking at you Lisa), I really wanted it for dinner tonight. A slight problem though: a) we weren't going out to get it (too lazy); and b) I didn't have the key ingredients of berbere or teff (or injera). Regardless, I was determined to cobble something together. I poked around the kitchen cabinets, pantry, fridge and CSA box and after 2.5 hours in the kitchen, the following was served:
  • Pseudo Injera (white flour, water, vinegar and baking powder)
  • Tikil Gomen (cabbage, potatoes, carrots, cumin, turmeric and I threw in some radish greens)
  • Kik Alicha (yellow split peas, onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric)
  • Pseudo Doro Wat (soy curls, onions, dark seasoned chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dash of cloves)
So how was it? Pretty good but of course not very authentic. I ran out of pans so I baked the fake injera batter which of course didn't bubble like it would in the pan. Actually I shouldn't really call it "fake" injera since injera can be made with other flours for different occasions. Teff injera is the most common (and super yummy).

Anyway, the meal did manage to satisfy my cravings but I need to stock up on real Ethiopian spices and mixes and I need some good Ethiopian food very soon. Until then, I'm going to gorge on the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.


radioactivegan said...

I'm so jealous! I love ethopian food, but there is none where i live and I have no idea how to make it. That looks so great!

The Divine Miss V said...

Hot damn that looks good! I can't believe you improvised injera--that's some skillz right there.

Oh, and you're welcome. :p

ms. veganorama said...

radioactivegan: Thanks! All you need is some berbere and some teff flour and you're set.

Divine Miss V: Thanks! I wish I had more pans so I could have fry-steamed it instead of baked it. Like I said, wasn't totally authentic but good for a weeknight dinner at home.

VeganLinda said...

I love Ethiopian and just bought teff flour and berbere spice mix. I must make some soon. Yum!

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