Karay (Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 9, 2017
Yield: about 1-2 cups
Time needed: However long it takes to seed the chili peppers, and a quick buzz in the food processor.

It’s a good idea to get some help washing and seeding the chili peppers. 3-4 pounds would take a long time working alone. But it is indeed a “wonderful spicy appetizer spread” and keeps very well in the fridge.

Karay
(Fresh Green Chili Peppers)

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Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 6, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Prior Preparation Needed
Hardboil eggs
Prepare Berbere Mixture

A surprisingly quick dish to make and suitable for lunch. It cries out for injera.  If you don’t have any on hand, serve with a soft bread that will absorb the sauce, as it is quite spicy. The picture shows potato bread.

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

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Hot Chicken Stew

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 18, 2013
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2½ to 3 hours.

A note to myself from the first occasion on which I made this recipe says “3 hours to make but worth it!”  Now that I have tried it again, I am still of the same opinion.  If you are a fan of hot, spicy dishes, this is one of the best.  If you are not try Mild Chicken Stew instead.

The basic procedure is:
Marinate the chicken (45 minutes)
Make the sauce (30 minutes)
Add chicken and braise (25 minutes)
Add first round of spices and continue to braise (20 minutes)
Add second round of spices and continue to braise (15 minutes)
Turn off heat, add eggs and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Best accompaniment for this dish is lots of injera and a green salad on the side.

Before beginning, check that you have some of the special Ethiopian condiments on hand such as spiced onion, spiced butter, berbere mix and garlic and ginger mix.

Hot Chicken Stew

Hot Chicken Stew

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Boiled Egg Stew (Ye’tekekele Enqulal Wet

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 11, 2013
Yield: 8 servings
Time to make: 50 minutes.

There are several recipes in this book which feature the addition of hard-boiled eggs. But basically, this is a sort of Sloppy Joe recipe of ground beef cooked in a sauce and served over the bread of your choice.  Quite easy to make as long as you have your ingredients out and handy.  From your Ethiopian pantry items you will need Berbere Dilhie, Garlic and Ginger Mix, and Spiced Butter.

Boiled Egg Stew

Boiled Egg Stew

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Kidney Bean Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: October 2, 2013
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time to make: 1½ hours.

Prior preparation needed
Soak kidney beans at least overnight.  For best results soak for 2 days.

This is a truly delicious soup and quite simple to make.

I had to guess somewhat at the procedure, for not all the ingredients are mentioned in the instructions. So I added the red onion along with the carrots and string beans, and the hot green pepper along with the potato and tomato.  Be sure to dice the potato very small as it gets very little cooking.

Kidney Bean Soup

Kidney Bean Soup

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Birz (Honey Water)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 19, 2013
Yield: 6-7 servings
Time needed: a minute or two

Birz or Honey Water is just what it says: honey mixed into water. I used ordinary water, but I expect it would be very nice with sparkling water.  Chilled, it will keep in the fridge for a day or two.

According to the author “Honey water is good in the morning on an empty stomach and before bedtime.  It will clean your body and you won’t feel hungry.”

I remember when I was a student teacher, just as we were preparing for our first practice sessions in an actual classroom.  Many of us were very nervous and one of our professors advised us to take the precaution of having some honey because “it will give you energy and won’t upset your stomach.”

Birz (Honey water)

Birz (Honey water)

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