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Ethiopian & Vegan: Ni´tir Qibe – Ethiopian Spiced Butter

Hi everybody,

a while ago I tried a delicious ethiopian recipe I was sent and it´s about time to share it with you I guess. 🙂

It´s called Ni´tir Qibe. Don´t ask me how to pronounce it – I will most definitely fail – but what I can tell you is that this is the most delicious butter I ever tasted.

Originally it´s the main ingredient for another ethiopian dish – the very famous stew Doro Wat. But you could say, that nearly no meal in Ethiopia is made without Nit’ir Qibe, which gives the cooking its signature flavors.

I use it nearly for everything that needs a special seasoning. You can take it instead of oil to fry vegetables or tofu in it, it´s a delicious spread as well or you can use it to season rice or mashed potatoes, soups, dips or any dish you like – there are so many ways to use that spiced butter and it really smells fantastic.

Ni´tir Qibe


  • 250 g unsalted, vegan butter (i.e. Alsan)
  • 2 chopped red onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 cloves


Melt the vegan butter gently and slowly in a small saucepan. When the top is covered with foam, add the other ingredients and reduce the heat to a simmer.


Simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes until the butter clarifies. As soon as the solids turn light brown, remove from the heat. Let stand until the spices settle.

Pour the liquid through a double layer of cloth or a very fine-mesh sieve into a jar or any other heat-resistant container. Let it cool down and keep it in the fridge. You can use it for a couple of months.


መልካም ምግብ – melkam megeb!


Belarusian & Vegan: Draniki

When I asked my Belarusian and vegan couchsurfer Tanya what she would recommend as the typical dish from Belarus she didn´t need to think very long before she told me about – Draniki.

Draniki are potato pancakes that are served hot with cold sour cream, garlic sauce or just on their own. They originated in Russia some 200 years ago. It is also said the dish was a kind of imitation of a German course! So I felt pretty home when I finally ate them! 😉

Tanya told me that she makes Draniki all the time because they are simple and still very popular in present day Belarus. And indeed they are pretty easy to make.

Vegan Draniki

  • 6 big potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • flour
  • salt & pepper
  • sunflower oil
Chop or grate the onion. Grate the peeled potatoes. Mix together onion and grated potatoes. Add 1 tablespoon oil.
Add some flour – just a bit to combine everything. Season with salt & pepper.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Put one or two full tablespoon(s) of the potato mixture in the pan and form a small pancake. Repeat until the pan is full. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip over. Repeat this until all mixture is gone.

As Tanya and I completely forgot about things we could eat with the Draniki I made a quick vegan herbal butter which turned out pretty good.

Combine soft vegan butter with chopped garlic and (a lot) herbals of your choice. Season with salt and pepper. That´s it!

Enjoy the Draniki together with the herbal butter!

прыемнага апетыту / Смачна есьці