Injera: A Taste of Ethiopia
Injera is the quintessential flatbread that’s eaten with various stews in this friendly east African land.
During my very short stay in Addis, I ate Injera on two occasions. Besides a couple of fruit shakes, some early morning bar food, and soup at the airport, it’s all I ate, and I didn’t have to look for it. On two occasions, when I needed to eat, this is what was either ordered for me or just brought over.
Injera is a flat bread made from yeast. It’s served at room temperature and has a soft, spongy texture. Here it’s served with a meat based stew. You eat it with your hands by pulling off a piece and picking up the stew with it.
This serving was brought to me on my second day which was Friday. It consists of all veggie stews. Wednesdays and Fridays are fasting days in Ethiopia. This means everyone must refrain from eating meat and dairy. I thought: This works just fine for me. I wouldn’t mind if every day were Ethiopian fasting day.
Here are some stews at a self service restaurant on fasting day. Flavorful Ethiopian stews are great for spice aficionados but not too spicy for those who prefer less heat. Some sauces are spicier than others. A form of chili is provided on the side for those who like it hot.
Here I ordered an avocado juice; however, like the strawberry juice in the last post, it was more like a shake. As always, I asked for it without sugar. It was cold and it came with a necessary spoon. Not exaggerating, it was the best avocado juice I’ve ever had. I couldn’t reload the spoon fast enough. It went down very well and was the only one of it’s kind that I’ve ever consumed.
There’s nothing like an Ethiopian macchiato to end a meal. This one was served on the Thursday that I arrived, which was not fasting day. On fasting day I had a traditional Ethiopian coffee without the froth. Both were as smooth as can be as Ethiopian coffee is the real deal. I was told that it’s available to all of the locals. This is impressive because I know that in some poor countries like Nicaragua, the excellent local coffee is often not available to the majority of the population.
Have you ever had Injera? If not, would you like to try it? I know that many cities outside of Ethiopia have Ethiopian restaurants, like Boston for example.