How to make "Kitfo"

Kitfo is a beloved traditional dish from Ethiopia, typically served during special occasions and holidays. This dish is known for its unique combination of raw minced beef, fiery spices, and rich flavors. The spices used in this dish are crucial to its distinct taste, as they include the mitmita spice blend, which is a fiery combination of chili powder, cardamom, and other spices. Niter kibbeh, a spiced and clarified butter, is also a key ingredient used to rub the beef before serving. This recipe offers an easy-to-follow guide for making kitfo at home. 

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 25-30 min

Servings: Feeds 2-3

Nutrition Profile:

How to make "Kitfo"

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb beef (knuckle or thigh round cut)
  • 2 tbsp mitmita
  • 2 tsp korerima (cardamom)
  • ½ tsp koseret
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp kibe (clarified butter)

Instructions

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Step 1
Begin by chopping 1 lb of beef into small pieces.

Step 2
Add the beef to a bowl.

Step 3
Add 2 tablespoons of mitmita to the bowl.

Step 4
Mix the mitmita into the beef, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Step 5
Add 2 teaspoons of kororema (cardamom) to the bowl.

Step 6
Mix the kororema into the beef, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Step 7
Add 1/2 teaspoon of koseret to the bowl.

Step 8
Mix the koseret into the beef, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Step 9
Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the bowl.

Step 10
Mix the salt into the beef, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Step 11
In a separate pan, melt 4 tablespoons of kibe (clarified butter).

Step 12
Pour the melted kibe over the beef.

Step 13
Rub the kibe into the beef, using food-safe gloves.

Step 14
Once the meat is evenly coated in the kibe, serve with ayib (a mild cheese) and/or gomen (cooked collard greens).

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