Kurkufa with white beans

© Amanuel Samuel


  • 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


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.

Once the pulse is cooked, we add some cabbage and other ingredients like chilli, salt, edible oil and other spices.

Finally, we take the corn soil 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!

Story behind the recipe

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.”

About Amanuel Samuel MennaET

GPDA is a civil society organisation based in south Ethiopia. Since 1993 GPDA has been serving the community in different sectors such as agricultural extension, improvement of health facilities, construction of school, roads, water and involved in activities like environmental protection.

We are implementing a project called ''agroforestry in rural Ethiopia for sustainable development of people and nature'' in partnership with Lions Deutschland(SDL) and Antonia Ruut Stiftung (ARS).

The main objective of our project is enhancing agroforestry in rural Ethiopia through training 7,000 small scale farmers. We support farmer training centers and nurseries with equipment and capacity building trainings.

We trained more than 3,000 small scale farmers, hundred thousands of trees are planted, more than 50 hectares of unusable land is gained, more than 20 hectare is covered with fast growing trees such as highland and lowland bamboo.

Three new nurseries are established and are going to produce tree seedlings. Ftcs are training small scale farmers for sustainable development of their families and environment

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