For those of us who live in the western part of the world, the winter season is upon us again. While I personally don’t shudder at the thought of snow and ice and almost freezing to death, that is only because I live in California. I have a lot of friends all over the East Coast who lament about the cold constantly to me.
Since the winter started, I see a lot of commercials everywhere that encourage you to buy and curl up with this hot drink or that, with many stores supposedly on sale for coats and boots. That is how I remembered an Ethiopian way of fighting this cold. It is a cheaper alternative to hot chocolates and the different flavored lattes you spend your 5 dollars on every day, aka Genfo!
Genfo is a traditional Ethiopian porridge that is served usually in the mornings. It is typically made with flour prepared from barely. While the flour is readily available in Ethiopia, this may not be always the case in the US. That is how my cousin decided to try making it with pancake flour when she could not resist the incredible urge she felt for Genfo not too long ago. The result was amazing, the taste was almost the same and very delicious. Here is how to make a yummy and satisfying Genfo that is sure to warm up the whole family, as the cliché goes!
First, fill up a medium sized pan with water. When the water comes to a boil, add three ladles of the pancake flour and a little salt. Stir and mix until it makes a thick paste. Once the mixture is evenly mixed and thick, put in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Typically, people put kibe (Ethiopian butter) mixed with berebere, as a dipping sauce in the middle. But you can opt to have a healthier sauce like olive oil instead of the butter mixed with a little hot sauce. Now all you have to do is tear pieces of the Genfo, dip in your sauce, and enjoy!
Here is a link for a YouTube video with the more traditional recipe.