Gomen is a traditional Ethiopian dish made of collard greens and spices. It is one of the most common dishes served in the country and is often enjoyed as an accompaniment to other Ethiopian dishes. Gomen is easy to make and can be eaten alone or as part of a larger meal. It’s a vibrant salad that is full of flavor and nutrition, making it an ideal meal for any time of day.

This easy-to-make recipe is simple yet flavorful enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Gomen is simple to make and can be enjoyed as part of any meal or on its own. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Ingredients Required to Make Gomen

  • 2 bunches of collard greens
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 de-seeded and chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 1 tbsp niter kibbeh (Ethiopian clarified butter)
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
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How to Make Gomen (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Pull off the leaves of the collard greens and discard the stems.
  2. Tear the leaves into medium-sized pieces and wash them well under cold water.
  3. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to boil and add the collard greens.
  4. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. The collard greens should change color and soften.
  5. Drain in a large colander and rinse with cold water.
  6. Squeeze out all of the excess moisture and chop it into small pieces, then set it aside.
  7. Cook the onions on medium heat until they start to soften and turn translucent about seven minutes.
  8. Add the niter kibbeh and cook for several minutes.
  9. Then add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeños and sauté for several more minutes.
  10. Add the chopped greens and stir well, ensuring that the greens are thoroughly mixed in with the other ingredients.
  11. Add salt and cook on medium-low until the greens have soaked in the flavor.

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Gomen Recipe

Gomen (Ethiopian Collard Green Salad) Recipe

4 from 2 votes
Recipe by Sara Seife Course: Side Dishes, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

3

servings

Gomen is one of the most popular vegetable dishes in the Ethiopian cousin. The Ethiopian table doesn’t get greener than this staple dish, which you can make by using collard greens. Learn how to make an authentic Ethiopian dish by using our Gomen Recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of collard greens

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 3 tsp minced garlic

  • 2 tsp minced ginger

  • 2 de-seeded and chopped jalapeño peppers

  • 1 tbsp niter kibbeh (Ethiopian clarified butter)

  • 3 tbsp canola oil

  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  • Pull off the leaves of the collard greens and discard the stems.
  • Tear the leaves into medium-sized pieces and wash them well under cold water.
  • Bring a large stockpot of salted water to boil and add the collard greens.
  • Cook for about 10-15 minutes. The collard greens should change color and soften.
  • Drain in a large colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Squeeze out all of the excess moisture and chop it into small pieces, then set it aside.
  • Cook the onions on medium heat until they start to soften and turn translucent about seven minutes.
  • Add the niter kibbeh and cook for several minutes.
  • Then add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeños and sauté for several more minutes.
  • Add the chopped greens and stir well, ensuring that the greens are thoroughly mixed in with the other ingredients.
  • Add salt and cook on medium-low until the greens have soaked in the flavor.

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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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