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End Your Meal Ethiopian Style


In Ethiopian cuisine, it's not traditional to follow a meal with a sweet treat. Formal desserts, like ones served in America, virtually don't exist. Instead, many Ethiopians prefer to end their meal with a cooling course of yogurt and cottage cheese. Known as Iab, the mixture is similar to Greece's feta and is actually considered part of the main course. It has a somewhat acidic taste, and counter balances the heat from spicy entree dishes. To give this alternative to dessert a whirl,



Ethiopian Cheese Course
From University of Pennsylvania
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1 lb small curd cottage cheese or farmer's cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well
  2. Drain off excess liquid so the mixture is moist enough to spoon but dry enough to stay firm when served.
  3. Serve on top of flatbread.

Makes 1 quart.

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tyra tyra 8 years
none taken and i don't really like chesse either but it doesn't really taste like cottage or kraft chesse. its really good wit spicy stuff.
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 8 years
No offense to Tyra, but yuck. I'm sorry, but I'm not really a cheese eater, that's all.
studio524 studio524 8 years
This sounds wonderful. In fact, I made a somewhat similar concoction last night to balance the intense heat of a beef dish that I made. I used: 4 oz of Danish Feta warmed to room temperature The juice of 1/2 lemon Salt & Pepper to taste A bit of fresh cilantro - finely chopped A few drops of unflitered, cold pressed imported olive oil *** All of this goes into the food processor and is just pulsed to blend. I served it toast points (reduced calorie rye toast points)
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'd rather just eat Feta, but maybe that's just me. :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
hmmm I love cheese!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
hmmm I love cheese!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 8 years
I can't wait to try this!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 8 years
I can't wait to try this!
tyra tyra 8 years
i luv that, and this is coming form an ethiopian :)
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