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Kitfo | ክትፎ

Origin - Ethiopia

#Ethiopian #Spices #Butter #Meaty #Raw #Soft

A bowl of warm and buttery Kitfo

Kitfo is a traditional dish found in Ethiopian cuisine and is the ultimate celebration food of Ethiopia. Raw meat is considered a delicacy so it is commonly served only on special occasions such as a wedding or religious holidays. Kitfo consists of minced raw beef that is marinated in mitmita (a chili powder-based spice blend) and niter kibbeh (Ethiopian spiced butter).

The beef used for this dish needs to be top quality, extra lean red meat with all the fat residue out since it will be hand-mixed with the spiced butter with seasonings such as thyme, basil, turmeric, and coriander. After the main part of the dish is prepared, Kitfo is commonly served with Ayeb (Ethiopian cottage cheese), Gomen (Collard greens), and spongy Injera (Ethiopian flatbread).

[Fun Facts]

Kitfo can also be cooked medium rare, which is known as Kitfo Leb Leb.


Kitfo originated from the Gurague region, in central Ethiopia where its name comes from the Ethiopian root word “K-T-F” which means to “chop minced”.

Injera (Sourdough-risen flatbread) is commonly served with Kitfo


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