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Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

Thanks a lot!

Mar 02, 2013
Alem in New Jersey

Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

Hi Professor ?,
Thanks a lot! I will try to make the injera with filtered tap water. I only wish I knew this secret, years ago, when I returned to NJ from Ethiopia with my husband and family.
I will keep you posted, when I get the chance, after school is out, to try this.
Again, thanks!

Feb 23, 2013
Alem in New Jersey

Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

Yeah, Lalibela can be on the expensive side, but its still the best I've tasted. But if you want to cook your own tibs, here are some tips: buy a pound of beef round tip, cube it, and refrigerate; then in a non-stick skillet, w/lid, add 7 purple chopped onions, 1 tsp of crushed garlic, ginger, sea salt, 1/4 cup of berbere, 1/4 cup of tomato paste, 1/4 cup of light olive oil, and 2 tbsp of Ethiopian clarified butter. Now add the meat, brown it, and then let simmer for 1 hour; and longer if its not tender. While cooking, slice an onion, a bell pepper, and a jalapeno pepper, mix for 1 minute, and serve with injera or Portuguese rolls that you can get from Fine Fare, near Lalibela, they are really nice, 5/$1. I think you can buy the Ethiopian spice from the Harrar Cafe in South Orange, along with the butter, and injera. I buy my injera from Harar, because they always have them on hand, and I've never walked
in to buy a bag and they didn't have one to sell. And the owner, Terrance, and his wife, are really nice people. You can also make a cabbage dish, if you have turmeric and curry powder, *you will need 1 tbsp of both or less if you like) just cook four chopped white onions, 1 chopped fresh tomato, oilve oil, salt, ginger, garlic,and carrots for a good 20 minutes on low, once the carrots are soft you can add your cut up cabbage, steam it for 10/15 minutes, or until slightly tender. And eat with the meat, on top of the injera. Bon appetit!
P.S. Little India, in Jersey City, has the best turmeric/curry powder. Go to Patel's, but you have to go early in the morning, on any given day, because its always crowded. But you can get any spice/bean you could imagine, and the cost is reasonable, including the coconut powder/flax seed if you do smoothies at home...don't ever buy spices at the grocery store, this place is the best! I have been going to this store for 17 years, for incense to spices...

Nov 06, 2011
Alem in New Jersey

Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

Thanks a lot for the information on Ada's. If I get a chance, I will try it.

Jul 17, 2011
Alem in New Jersey

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Berbere is a traditional Ethiopian spice. This dish needs more light olive oil, about 1/4 cup, along with three more onions. You can also peel a tomato, chop it up, and add it with the oil, onions, and spices as well. I, usually, cooked everything down to a mush, then I add the lentils, and then hot water. The Ethiopian bread is highly beneficial to one's health. It is an acquired taste, but once you get over the sour taste its really good. It has also been used in studies for cancer, being that the Ethiopian population has a low rate of cancer, which is, in part, attributed to the consumption of injera. I am an American, who has been married to an Ethiopian for 26 years, and I can tell you this, unless you consume some really bad/fake injera, it is better on your stomach.

Dec 15, 2010
Alem in Recipes

Injera - Ethiopian Bread in NJ/NYC

I am married to an Ethiopian; and I have been to every Ethiopian restaurant in New Jersey. And I would have to say that the best one that I have been to, in terms of taste and price, is Lalibela on Irvington Avenue in South Orange, NJ. Not only is the food good, the injera, if ordered in advance, is very authentic and nice. It is made with teff flour, which is a plus; given the health advantages of such a flour. In addition, the restaurant, although small and cozy, is run by a husband and wife team; and this adds a personal, and very pleasant, touch to the service.

If you are a vegan/vegetarian, its also a good place to eat at as well. So, if you want to buy injera, and it is available, call first. The price for six injeras is $9. If you do not eat all of it right a way, you can roll them up, cut them in half, then wrap them in plastic and freeze them. Put them in a zip lock bag, so that they do not get freezer burned. When you want to eat them later, take one or two out of the freezer, let them thaw, and then microwave the injera for 15 to 20 seconds. If you need more time, try an additional 10 seconds.
Also, just a note: I went to Ethiopia about four years ago, I did bring back some teff flour--hoping dearly to make my own injera. But there is something about the tap water here that prevents you from doing so. And Lord knows I tried really hard. So, just to save you some time, buy the traditional Ethiopian bread from a professional who knows what he or she is doing.
Food suggestions at Lalibela: The tibs are really good!

Nov 04, 2010
Alem in New Jersey