Kategna - The Toasty Ethiopian Delight

Kategna is a traditional Ethiopian dish that is simple yet full of vibrant flavors. A delightful appetizer or midday snack, Kategna is made with Injera - a sourdough-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture, typically made out of fermented teff flour. This dish is loved for its spicy kick brought by Berbere spice, a bold Ethiopian spice mix featuring chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and an array of other spices, paired with the luscious texture of Kibe - Ethiopian clarified butter with a distinct taste imparted by herbs and spices used in its preparation.

Served warm and fresh right off the Mitad (traditional Ethiopian stove), Kategna’s exquisite taste makes it a beloved addition to any Ethiopian meal. The harmony of spicy Berbere and rich Kibe is beautifully absorbed by the Injera, which is then toasted to create a delightful crunch. While the recipe is simple, the magic truly lies in the careful balance of these ingredients and the freshness of the Injera.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 1-2 people

Nutrition Profile: Rich in complex carbohydrates, high in fiber and contains iron.

Kategna - The Toasty Ethiopian Delight

Ingredients

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  • 1 Injera
  • 1.5 tbsp Berbere spice
  • 4 tbsp Kibe (Ethiopian clarified butter)
  • A pinch of Salt

Instructions

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Step 1
Start by melting the Kibe in a pan over medium heat. Be careful to turn off the heat immediately after it has melted, as Kibe can burn easily, altering its flavor.

Step 2
Once the Kibe is fully melted, add the Berbere spice and a pinch of salt to the pan. Stir the mixture gently to combine the spice and butter, forming a paste.

Step 3
Place the Injera on the pan and bake it over low heat for a couple of minutes until it's slightly dryer.

Step 4
Once the Injera is perfectly toasted, remove it from the heat and spread the mixture all over the Injera, ensuring that it is evenly coated.

Step 5
Your Kategna is now ready to serve! It can be served as a whole or rolled and cut into round pieces. Regardless of how you choose to present it, the warm, spicy, and buttery Kategna offers the same exquisite taste.

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