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Type Sweet bread
Place of origin Ethiopia and Eritrea
Main ingredients Cardamom seeds
Cookbook: Himbasha  Media: Himbasha

Himbasha (Ge'ez: ሕምባሻ?; var. Ambasha, አምባሻ)[1] is an Ethiopian and Eritrean celebration bread[2] that is slightly sweet. It is often served at special occasions. It is prepared in a number of varieties; however, the most distinctive flavoring is ground cardamom seeds.

The dough is given a decorative touch before baking. The design varies in detail, but in general is given the shape of a wheel with indentations to create several spokes (see picture).

Common additions to the recipe include (candied) ginger or raisins, although plain varieties are common also.

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  1. ^ Debrawork Abate (1995(EC)) [1993(EC)]. የባህላዌ መግቦች አዘገጃጀት [Traditional Food Preparation] (in Amharic) (2nd ed.). Addis Ababa: Mega Asatame Derjet (Mega Publisher Enterprise). pp. 195–196.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Warren, Olivia (2000). Taste of Eritrea: Recipes from One of East Africa's Most Interesting Little Countries. Hippocrene Books, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7818-0764-7.