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Fit-fit

Fit-fit
Injera fit-fit served with jalapeño peppers
Type Bread
Course Breakfast
Place of origin Ethiopia and Eritrea
Main ingredients Niter kibbeh
Variations Injera fit-fit, kitcha fit-fit

Fit-fit or fir-fir (Ge'ez: ፍርፍር firfir; ፍትፍት fitfit) is an Eritrean and Ethiopian food typically served for breakfast (though it can be served with other meals). It is generally made with spiced clarified butter (called niter kibbeh in Amharic or tesmi in Tigrinya) and berbere. In some cases, various oils or butters are substituted for clarified butter; however, the difference in taste is notable. There are two major varieties of fit-fit: injera (or taita) and kitcha (kita in Amharic).

Injera fit-fit

Injera fit-fit (var. enjera fetfet;[1] also taita fit-fit in Tigrinya) is a combination of shredded injera, berbere, onions, and clarified butter. Variations on this basic recipe are common[1] in which the name of the additional item is commonly used as a prefix. For instance, if one were to add shiro (chickpeas puree), the resulting dish would be called shiro fit-fit. If one were to add broth (mereq) it would be called mereq fit-fit.

In Eritrea, leftover meat-sauces (zighni or tsebhi) are often added to injera fit-fit and served with raw chili-peppers and yoghurt on the side, for breakfast. While similarly in Ethiopia, left-over wat as the main ingredient along with injera.

Injera fit-fit can be eaten with either a spoon when served in a bowl or eaten with the right hand when served atop of another piece of injera as is typical in Ethiopian or Eritrean cuisine.

Kitcha fit-fit

Kitcha fit-fit served with a scoop of fresh yogurt and topped with berbere (spice).

Kitcha fit-fit (variations in Ethiopia: kita fir-fit, kita fir-fir; also known as chechebsa) is a combination of shredded kitcha (Tigrinya) (or kita in Amharic), berbere, and clarified butter.[1][2] Kitcha fit-fit is sometimes eaten with plain yogurt (urgo in Amharic and rug-o in Tigrinya).

Unlike most Ethiopian foods, kitcha fit-fit is eaten with a utensil (usually a spoon). A dry variation is called kitcha in Tigrinya (or kita in Amharic).

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Federal Ministry of Health (Ethiopia) (September 2008). "Glossary" (PDF). National Guidelines for HIV/AIDS and Nutrition. Pronutrition.org. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Sula, Mike (September 17, 2009). "One bite: chechebsa". Chicago Reader. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
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