Lately, we've been inspired by Ethiopian cuisine and wonderfully complex Berbere sauce. Berbere is a mixture of many spices, including cloves, cardamom, fenugreek, chiles, ginger and tumeric, and typically moistened into a paste with dry red wine.
We're eager to try it with a homemade batch of Yeshimbra Assa – small cakes made from chickpea flour, usually in the shape of fish and served in Berbere sauce to mimic a sort of fish stew. We may even try to make our own injera – the thin, spongy, tangy bread eaten with Ethiopian dishes.
In Chicago, Ethiopian ingredients can be found at Kukulu Market in the Edgewater neighborhood. If you don't have an Ethiopian market nearby, you can mix your own Berbere, but if you have a chance to visit this or any ethnic market, we highly recommend it. It's such a great way to get inspired and warm up with a spicy dish.
- Lincoln Journal Star: Homemade Berbere Sauce
- Drive-Thru: Ethiopian Food at Kukulu Market
- Yelp: Kukulu Market
- The Spice House: Berbere recipes
- Ethiopian Food: Yeshimbra Assa
Related: Recipe Source: The Spice House