Bula Genfo (Ethiopian False Banana Root Porridge) Recipe

Bula is made from the roots of the Enset tree, also known as the false banana tree. Enset is one of the most important food sources in Ethiopia. Bula powder can be used to make stiff porridge-like dishes like Bula Genfo, or consumed as a hot beverage like Atmit.

Ingredients Required to Make Bula Genfo

  • 1 cup false banana roots flour (powder)
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz.) sweet butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Salt (to taste)

How to Make Bula Genfo (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

False Banana Roots Flour Preparation

  1. In a container, mix 1 cup of water and 1 1/4 cups of milk.
  2. In another container, mix the false banana roots flour with 1/4 cup of the water from the prepared liquid mixture. Create a smooth paste.

Cooking

  1. Place a heavy pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the prepared flour mixture to the pot.
  3. Add 30 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of sweet butter to the pot.
  4. Stir the mixture continually to avoid lumps.
  5. When the mixture thickens, fold it several times with a spoon.
  6. When the banana roots powder turns into a dough-like consistency, create a hole at the center. Add 1/4 cup of the milk and water mixture.
  7. Add 33 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of sweet butter.
  8. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
  9. When the milk and water mixture is half absorbed, fold the dough several times.
  10. Make a ball with the Bula Genfo and create a hole at the center.
  11. Add another 1/4 cup of the milk and water mixture and the remaining sweet butter.
  12. Cover with the lid and bring the milk and water to a low boil (bubbling).
  13. Remove the lid and fold the Bula Genfo several times.
  14. Add salt to taste.
  15. Remove from heat and serve the Bula Genfo.

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Bula Genfo Recipe

Bula Genfo (Ethiopian False Banana Root Porridge) Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sara Seife Course: BreakfastCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

5

servings

Bula is made from the roots of the Enset tree, also known as the false banana tree. Enset is one of the most important food sources in Ethiopia. Bula powder can be used to make stiff porridge-like dishes like Bula Genfo, or consumed as a hot beverage like Atmit.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup false banana roots flour (powder)

  • 100 grams (3.5 oz.) sweet butter

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 1/4 cups milk

  • Salt (to taste)

Directions

  • False Banana Roots Flour Preparation
  • In a container, mix 1 cup of water and 1 1/4 cups of milk.
  • In another container, mix the false banana roots flour with 1/4 cup of the water from the prepared liquid mixture. Create a smooth paste.
  • Cooking
  • Place a heavy pot on medium-high heat.
  • Add the prepared flour mixture to the pot.
  • Add 30 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of sweet butter to the pot.
  • Stir the mixture continually to avoid lumps.
  • When the mixture thickens, fold it several times with a spoon.
  • When the banana roots powder turns into a dough-like consistency, create a hole at the center. Add 1/4 cup of the milk and water mixture.
  • Add 33 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of sweet butter.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
  • When the milk and water mixture is half absorbed, fold the dough several times.
  • Make a ball with the Bula Genfo and create a hole at the center.
  • Add another 1/4 cup of the milk and water mixture and the remaining sweet butter.
  • Cover with the lid and bring the milk and water to a low boil (bubbling).
  • Remove the lid and fold the Bula Genfo several times.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Remove from heat and serve the Bula Genfo.

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Sara Seife
Sara Seife

Sara is a blogger, nutritionist, and recipe engineer who loves to create and share Ethiopian food recipes and guides. She is the Chief Editor of The Ethiopian Food, an online platform that aims to help people all over the world learn about and enjoy Ethiopian cuisine. Sara is passionate about sharing her love of Ethiopian food and culture with others, and she hopes that her recipes and guides will help people to create delicious and authentic Ethiopian meals at home.

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