Women making Kocho from enset
Updates. 24/05/2023

An Ethiopian enset feast - kocho and traditional dishes

How to make Kocho

Niter Kebben
Niter Kebbeh

Niter Kebbeh is a spiced, clarified butter that is used in many sweet or savoury Ethiopian dishes. It can be stirred into stews, basted on meats or simply spread onto bread. This version uses onion, garlic, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, cardamom, allspice and oregano, but you can also use Ethiopian herbs besobela and kosseret. It is made by simmering the herbs with butter for thirty minutes, until the butter separates. Then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth.

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This creamy and mild cottage cheese is best eaten with a wedge of kocho and an array of other side dishes. It is a staple of traditional Ethiopian cuisine and works well to balance the heat of spicier dishes. It is made by simmering two litres of milk until it is foamy, then adding half a cup of lemon juice. After curds start to form, let it sit for fifteen minutes then drain it through a cheesecloth-lined colander for up to an hour.

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Gomen is a spiced, vegetarian side dish of collard greens. It’s a common Ethiopian dish, and accompanies many other kinds of dishes. It is made by simmering collard greens in boiling water for fifteen minutes, squeezing out the liquid and then cooking with onion, niter kibbeh, garlic, ginger and jalapeño peppers. At a push, you can use kale as an alternative!

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Kitfo is one of the oldest and most popular dishes in Ethiopia. It is a spiced, minced beef dish that has been compared to beef tartare. It is made by cooking ground beef with niter kibbeh, korerima which is a tangy and sweet Ethiopian herb and mitmita a sweet and malty Ethiopian spice. Kifto can be cooked lightly, medium or even raw, according to your preference!

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