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making "Ethiopian" food at home

oya | Aug 24, 2009 02:22 PM

I LOVE Ethiopian food, but none of my friends care for it. I picked up a big container of Berbere spice mixture the last time I went to DC and decided to make a version of Salmon Tibs. I know this is not a traditional dish (hence "Ethiopian" in quotes), but I really liked it last time I went out. My dish was pretty tasty, but I'm not a daring cook and would appreciate any tips from you more experienced folks!

Here's what I did:

Cut Salmon fillet into strips, rubbed with Bebere spice and a little salt.

Cooked onions until just carmelized, then added chopped garlic and ginger. (I was too lazy to make the Niter Kibbeh)

Sprinkled berbere over onion mixture and added 2 small tomatoes.

Quickly sauteed salmon strips in butter in a separate pan, then added to onion spice mixture with some Berbere paste and cooked for 10 minutes.

I ran into trouble here because my tomatoes were not terribly juicy and it needed to be just a little saucy. I added some apple juice, but am not sure this was the best call.

Suggestions?

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