Kurkufa with white beans

© Amanuel Samuel

Kurkufa: Amanuel’s favourite bean dish: 

“We eat local traditional foods every day with my family. Among the foods that we eat, one is injera, kurkufa and fosese which is a mix of teff, maize and wheat powder with legumes. The taste I experienced is very delicious and appetizing.”


  • White beans
  • Kale
  • Water 6 cups
  • Chopped onion 1(small)
  • Chopped Leek 1/4 cup
  • Olive Oil 2 tbsp
  • Mashed garlic 1 tsp
  • Mashed ginger 1/4 tsp
  • Corn flour 1 cup
  • Teff flour 1/2 cup
  • White pepper 1/4 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Black cardamom powder 1/4 tsp


  1. First we add water to a pot to cook the pulse. If the pulse is fresh, we can add it directly on top of unboiled water…. or we soak the pulse before cooking.
  2. Once the pulse is cooked, we add some cabbage and other ingredients like chilli, salt, edible oil and other spices.
  3. Finally, we take the flour and mix it with water to make it more moist and easy to make something round as you see in the picture. Then we wait a few minutes until it is cooked.

You can see a Youtube video of the traditional recipe here. Add cooked white beans towards the end, to make the enhanced version Amanuel is talking about!

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