Kinche - Traditional Ethiopian Cracked Wheat Breakfast Dish


Kinche - Traditional Ethiopian Cracked Wheat Breakfast Dish

Kinche, also known as Ethiopian oats, is a traditional and nutritious breakfast dish common in Ethiopia. Made primarily from cracked wheat or bulgur, this wholesome meal is known for its simplicity, rich, nutty flavor, and satisfying texture. The dish's origins date back centuries, rooted in the agrarian culture of Ethiopia where cereals such as wheat and barley play a significant role in everyday sustenance. As a staple food, Kinche provides an excellent source of protein and fiber to start the day.

The key ingredient, cracked wheat or bulgur, is wheat that's been parboiled, dried, and broken into varying sizes. This versatile grain is appreciated for its quick cooking time and nutritional benefits. The dish is often enriched with "Kibe" (traditional Ethiopian clarified butter), bringing a layer of depth and flavor that is unmistakably Ethiopian. A sprinkle of "Mitmita", a spicy Ethiopian chili powder blend, is optional but adds a delightful kick for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their meal.

If you're seeking a new, hearty, and nutritious breakfast alternative that's easy to prepare and full of flavor, this Kinche recipe written by  Gifti Bayou is for you. Follow the instructions below to create a delicious Ethiopian breakfast experience right in your own kitchen.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2-3 servings

Nutrition Profile: High in protein and fiber, low in sugar, and contains healthy fats.

Kinche - Traditional Ethiopian Cracked Wheat Breakfast Dish



  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats or cracked wheat (bulgur)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of Kibe (Ethiopian clarified butter)
  • Sprinkle of Mitmita (Ethiopian chili powder blend, optional)



Step 1
Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.

Step 2
Once the water is boiling, add the steel-cut oats or bulgur and the salt. Stir until everything is well mixed.

Step 3
Lower the heat, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the grains have absorbed all the water and are tender. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent the grains from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Step 4
Remove the saucepan from heat. Stir in the Kibe (Ethiopian clarified butter) until it's fully incorporated.

Step 5
Serve your Kinche warm in individual bowls. For an added kick, sprinkle a bit of Mitmita on top of each serving, if desired.

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