|Alternative names||Akelet, Genfo|
|Main ingredients||Barley or wheat flour, water|
Ga'at is the name for the dish in Tigrinya, an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Its name in Amharic, another Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Ethiopia, is genfo. The dish's tesmi or spiced butter filling is called niter kibe in Amharic.
To cook ga'at, the flour and water are combined and stirred continuously with a wooden spoon. Ga'at is presented in a large mound with a hole in the center, filled with a mixture of tesmi (niter kibe) and berbere. This spicy combination is tempered with yogurt which balances the flavors.
It is typically eaten at breakfast, though it is also traditionally prepared for guests who come to visit newborn children.
- ERITREAN COMMUNITY. S. 93.
- Mild Frontier the differences between Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisines come down to more than spice.
- Harry Kloman: Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A. Iuniverse, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4502-5866-1. (online)
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