Senafich (Spicy Mustard Seed Sauce) Recipe

Senafich is Amharc which directly translates to Mustard. However, the word Senafich is most commonly to refer to the spicy sauce made from Ethiopian mustard seeds.

Senafich sauce has a more watery consistency than the typical western style mustard sauce, which makes it great to use as a dipping sauce.

Ingredients Required to Make Senafich

  • 650 grams of Senafich (Ethiopian mustard seeds)
  • 4 tbsp of cooking oil
  • 250 ml of water
  • 100 ml of Tej (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
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How to Make Senafich (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

  1. Get some Senafich seeds, wash them, and dry them.
  2. When the seeds are completely dry, grind and sieve them.
  3. Use a bowl to mix the ground mustard seeds with the cooking oil, warm water, Tej, and salt.
  4. Serve on a clean bowl, along with your meat or cooked vegetable dishes.

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Senafich (Spicy Mustard Seed Sauce) Recipe

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Recipe by Sara Seife Course: CondimentsCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Easy

Senafich is Amharc which directly translates to Mustard. However, the word Senafich is most commonly to refer to the spicy sauce made from Ethiopian mustard seeds. Senafich sauce has a more watery consistency than the typical western style mustard sauce, which makes it great to use as a dipping sauce.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Get some Senafich seeds, wash them, and dry them.
  • When the seeds are completely dry, grind and sieve them.
  • Use a bowl to mix the ground mustard seeds with the cooking oil, warm water, Tej, and salt.
  • Serve on a clean bowl, along with your meat or cooked vegetable dishes.

Notes

  • It is common practice in Ethiopia to add some Tej on Senafich­, but this is optional,. If you’re not interested in adding Tej, you can simply replace it with water.
  • If you want to learn how to make a Tej, here is an easy-to-follow Tej Recipe.
  • You can use a clean spice bottle to place your ground mustard seeds for long term storage and use.
  • While it is possible to make Senafich from your favorite store-bought mustard, you have to make sure to avoid the bright-yellow mustards with smooth consistencies, as these will not have the mustard-seed flavor necessary need for a typical Ethiopian Senafich sauce.

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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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