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14 Authentic Ethiopian Drinks You Can Make At Home
There are several uniquely Ethiopian Drinks that you should try to experience, whether you have the chance to visit Ethiopia or you are in some other country and happen to find an Ethiopian Restaurant in your locale.
While Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee, there actually several more unique drinks that have only been consumed in Ethiopia until very recently, where Ethiopian Restaurants have made it possible for anyone around the world to experience them as well.
Ethiopian Traditional Alcoholic Drinks
There are several traditional alcoholic drinks that are customarily homemade by using natural ingredients. Here is a list of the most popular and wildly consumed traditional alcoholic beverages in Ethiopia.
Tej (Traditional Ethiopian Honey Wine) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Advanced
Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) is a unique and intriguing drink with a long history and cultural significance. It is traditionally made from honey, water, and the leaf and stems of Gesho (a type of plant similar to hops). It has a distinct flavor that can be sweet or dry depending on how it is made, and it can range in strength from light to strong. Here is a step-by-step recipe that will help you prepare Tej at your home. Enjoy!
Tella RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Advanced
In Ethiopia, tella, a traditional alcoholic beverage, is very popular. It can also include spices. It is made from a variety of grains, including barley, corn, wheat, millet, or teff. For fermentation, shiny-leaf buckthorn leaves that have been dried and powdered are utilized.
Keribo RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate
One of the most popular traditional fermented drinks in Ethiopian rural and urban areas is Keribo, also known as Keneto. It is frequently served on holidays and during special events like weddings. Keribo is made using sugar and overtoasted barley grain. Here is a simple recipe that you may use to create Keribo at home.
Shamita RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate
Shamita is a traditional fermented beverage widely consumed in different regions of Ethiopia, especially by the Gurage people. It is low in alcohol content, and is made by overnight fermentation of mainly roasted barley flour. Because of its thick consistency and being a good source of protin, Shamita has been known to be used as a meal replacement. However, it has poor keeping quality and must be consumed within a few hours after being ready for consumption.
Ethiopian Traditional Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Ethiopia is also home to various traditional non-alcoholic drinks that are made from natural and healthy ingredients. Here are a few of the well-known non-alcoholic drinks.
Spiced Bunna (Ethiopian Coffee) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate
Coffee is referred to as “Bunna” in Amharic, and if you enjoy drinking it, you are probably already aware that Ethiopia is where coffee first originated. Ethiopian coffee, Bunna is renowned for its flavor, satisfaction, and aroma around the world.
Birz RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate
Birz is a traditional Ethiopian beverage made from water and fermented honey, that was once used as a regular substitute for water. It is quite tasty, refreshing and has many health advantages.
YeSuf Weha (Ethiopian Sunflower Seeds Juice) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
YeSuf Weha is a tasty Ethiopian drink that also comes with a lot of health benefits thanks to the sunflower seeds that are the core ingredient of the drink. Sunflowers are a great source of heart-healthy fats, as well as a number of vitamins and minerals that may help lessen your chance of developing common health issues such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is also vegan/vegetarian friendly.
YeNug Weha (Ethiopian Niger Seeds Juice) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
YeNug Weha is another one Ethiopia’s refreshing and healthy beverages. While it’s not quite a popular drink, it certainly does bring a lot to the table. The core ingredient of YeNug Weha is Nug (Niger Seeds), which originated in Ethiopia and is believed to have been domesticated before 3000 BC in the highlands of Ethiopia, where it is still cultivated as an oilseed crop. YeNug Weha has a slight nutty taste that comes from the Niger seeds, and is great source of amino acids. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make YeNug Weha at home.
YeAja Atmit (Ethiopian Cream of Oatmeal) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
Atmit is an excellent, nutritious beverage that resembles a thin, filling porridge. Atmit, which has its origins in Ethiopia, is a widely consumed comfort beverage there that both kids and adults love. Several cereals and ingredients can be used to make it. As a result, Atmit recipes might differ greatly.
YeBesso Duket Smoothie (Barley and Fruit Juice) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
Barley is a popular cereal crop in Ethiopia. It is consumed as a snack slightly roasted to make Kolo, or roasted and ground to make YeBesso Duket, which can be mixed with water and honey to make a tasty, filling, and nutritious breakfast or snack. And it will even taste better when some fruits are added to the mix! Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make YeBesso Duket Smoothie at home.
Telba (Ethiopian Flaxseed Beverage) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Intermediate
Telba is a rich, pleasant, and healthful beverage from Ethiopia. It is created from ground, toasted flax seeds. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make Telba (Ethiopian Flaxseed Beverage) at home.
YeTelba Smoothie (Flaxseeds Fruit Juice) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
YeTelba Smoothie is a very nutritious and tasty Ethiopian beverage that you can enjoy as a breakfast or snack. It is incredibly nutritious and quite healthy. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make YeTelba Smoothie at home.
Fruits, Vegetables, and Telba (Flaxseeds) Smoothie RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
This Fruits, Vegetables, and Telba (Flaxseeds) Smoothie is packed full of healthy nutrients tahnks to all the fruits and vegetables that are included, such as flaxseeds, mango, apple, banana, kale, spinach, carrots, celery, and honey. The conoction of this recipe is carefuly curated to get the most benefit out of each ingredient, while also taking careful consideration to the balance of taste that comes as a result of mixing these particular ingredients. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make Fruits, Vegetables, and Telba (Flaxseeds) Smoothie at home. Enjoy!
Besso BeTelba (Ethiopian Barley and Flaxseed) RecipeCooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy
Besso BeTelba is an incredibly nutritious and filling beverage that you can drink for breakfast or snack. It is also really easy to make, and takes very little time to prepare. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to make Besso BeTelba at home.