Essential Ethiopian dishes
Ethiopian restaurants in London certainly pay homage to the traditional techniques and dishes of Ethiopian cuisine, and at any space you’re guaranteed to find the classic dish, injera. Made from teff, an ancient grain high in protein, calcium and iron, teff is a large, naturally gluten-free flatbread topped with various stews or dishes, that you tear into with your hands, and use it to scoop up individual mouthfuls, always with your right hand mind you. Dishes that generally go atop injera, that you’re sure to find in London’s Ethiopian restaurants include wats, spicy stews and curries, , chunks of beef sauteed in butter or oil with onion, rosemary, garlic and hot peppers, alongside shiro be kibbe a delicious legume stew, and dishes brimming with lentils, greens and cottage cheese. Another certainty to be found in any London Ethiopian restaurant is the spice mix berbere made from dried chillies, fenugreek, nigella seeds, false cardamom and a plethora of other herbs and spices, as well as niter kibbeh a clarified butter infused with fenugreek, cardamom and nutmeg.