Exploring the Delicious Kitfo Raw Beef Dish- Beef Tartare
Kitfo is a delicious raw beef dish savored in Ethiopia for centuries. It is also sometimes referred to as 'tere siga', which translates to 'minced raw meat' in the Ethiopian language.
What is Kitfo?
This mouthwatering dish is prepared by mincing the finest quality lean beef, blending it with clarified butter and spices like chili powder, cardamom and ginger before finally shaping it into small round balls. Kitfo is then served with a unique accompaniment of spicy hot red pepper sauce or 'awaze' sauce made with onions, garlic, chili peppers, and spices.
The most authentic version of Kitfo involves finely chopped, lean, or minced raw beef seasoned with mitmita (a red chili powder), spiced butter (niter kibbeh) flavored with onions, garlic, ginger, cardamom, and fenugreek leaves, and clarified butter.
To add further layers of taste, jebena (coffee) spice may also be added to the mixture before it is blended into one smooth paste-like consistency. In some regions of Ethiopia where consumption of uncooked meat is prohibited due to religious beliefs, the Kitfo will be lightly sautéed rather than served as a raw dish.
In addition to being incredibly delicious and nutritious, the presentation of this traditional dish adds a nice touch. Once all the ingredients have been properly prepared according to your desired level of spiciness, it's time for presentation!
The typical way Kitfo is presented involves placing each portion in small mounds along a large platter garnished with injera and colorful collard greens. Eating this unique delicacy while having everyone at the table chipping in to make more food adds even more flavor!
What Are the Dietary Advantages of Kitfo
Not only is Kitfo full of intense flavor, but it also has plenty of nutritional value. Since it is made with freshly cut meat and packed full of healthy fats like butter and clarified butter (aka ghee), the protein content in this dish is off the charts.
Niter kibbeh (clarified butter) adds plenty of calories without clogging up your arteries or weighing you down with cholesterol-filled animal fat.
Lean beef adds ample amounts of protein along with minerals such as zinc and selenium for stronger bones and healthy muscles. Finally, the spices such as cardamom contribute dietary fiber that helps digestion while also aiding against inflammation.
Try It Out Today
Whether you want to savor an intensely flavorful dinner experience or feel adventurous when trying new dishes, the Ethiopian raw beef kitfo dish should be on your culinary bucket list! Not only will you enjoy every bite, but your body will benefit from all its protein content and other vitamins and minerals contained within this wonderful dish.
Plus, enjoying such unique flavors right at home makes it even more appealing since one can find all the necessary ingredients can easily be found in local markets or specialty stores around the country. So what are you waiting for? Try out this delicious Ethiopian classic today!