Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)

Ethiopian Flatbread (himbasha) Recipe

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This traditional flatbread, has a sweet-savoury flavour, the sweetness being balanced by heady cardamom. It is commonly eaten in Ethiopia for breakfast after mass, and is also eaten at celebrations.


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1 Hr 30 Min
20 Min


  • 7 g
    active dry yeast
  • 1 c
    warm water
  • 1/4 c
  • 4 c
    unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp
    black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1/3 c
    vegetable oil
  • ·
    vegetable oil, for brushing

How to Make Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar and set aside in a warm, draft-free place for 10 minutes or until mixture bubbles.
  2. Combine flour, 1 tsp salt, sesame seeds and cardamom in a large bowl. Add oil and yeast mixture and mix to form a dough.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 10-inch cast iron skillets. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll out to form 2 x 10-inch rounds. Place into greased skillet pans. Using a sharp knife, score 3 concentric circles in each round, working from the middle out, then make 8 shallow cuts intersecting through the center to form a wheel pattern.
  5. Brush with oil and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Brush with butter and serve with hummus, if desired.

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About Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: African

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