Ethiopian Diamond II

Ethiopian Diamond II

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7537 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60626

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Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual breaking of injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. These bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gurrsha – that is the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one’s own hand. Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. It is pancake-like bread on which the various stew dishes are served. The traditional way of eating it is with your fingers, which in itself is a delicate art. A bite sized piece of the injera is broken off to pick up a mouth full of the chosen dish. Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the variety of spices from which they get their exotic taste. Watt is a stew that comes in the form of beef, lamb, chicken, fish and vegetables. These range from hot and spicy watt to very mild. The mildly seasoned watt is called Alicha.

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