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Ye’abesha Gomen (Ethiopian Collard Greens) #EatTheWorld

It's hard to believe that we're already in 2019...where did the year go?! So, here we are for the first 2019 installment of our #EattheWorld project, being spearheaded by Evelyne of CulturEatz. Here's her challenge.

And this month she has us traveling by tabletop to Ethiopia. She wrote: "We will start off 2019 with a trip back to African roots with a gorgeous and delicious African country! Ethiopia!"

Check out all the wonderful Ethiopian dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld.

When I thought about what to make, I revisited Yemarina Yewotet Dabo (Ethiopian Honey Bread), our very untraditional Injera, and another very untraditional Vegetable Wat. But I decided to try my hand at a vegetable dish using collard greens.


  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ¼ t black cardamom seeds
  • ¼ t ground fenugreek
  • ¼ t nigella seeds

  • 1 organic yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1" knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1½ C water
  • 1½ lbs. collard greens, sliced into 1" wide strips
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T white vinegar

Melt butter in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add cardamom seeds, ground fenugreek, and nigella seeds. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until translucent, approximately 5 to 6 minutes.

Add garlic and ginger and cook until softened and fragrant, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add collards, water, and salt and pepper; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until collards are tender, approximately 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar and serve collards hot.


  1. Collards are my favorite greens, those look so delicious.

  2. I never know what to make (in a fun way) with collard greens, this is awesome!

  3. A perfect side dish, love greens and always happy to have a new recipe to try.

  4. I love collards and am always looking for new ways to prepare them! I don't think I've ever used nigella seeds, and now I want to try them. Looking forward to adding this to my menu plan!

  5. Honestly this was the first dish that I thought of when read about the challenge. I love the collard greens - may be it is the vinegar, but this one tastes much better than most other recipes I have tried. YUM !


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