Ras Dashen Restaurant - 2801 E. Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 709-7626
Ethiopian cuisine is one of the world’s best kept secrets. Ethiopian food is an exotically spicy mix of vegetables, slow-simmered meat or grain stews, and fresh meat sautés. Ethiopia is a place of high plateaus and low-lying plains, and home to over 70 million people.
The northern high country is populated mainly by Christians, while the plains are home to Muslims and animists. Dietary restrictions due to religions and location have given rise to a wide variety of both meat and vegetarian dishes.
Ethiopian dishes are prepared with a distinctive variety of unique spices, which lend an unforgettably striking dimension to its exotic cookery. Grains like millet, sorghum, wheat and ancient teff , a tiny round grain closely resembling millet, form the basic breadstuffs of the diet. Most farming in Ethiopia is subsistence, so the vegetables and animals are often grown and raised at home. The ancient practice of beekeeping produces exquisite honey. It is fermented to make tej, the Ethiopian honey wine.