Traditionally injera is cooked outside over a fire.......
But most of the people I know, who make it a lot, use large electric skillets.
The wat is what you put on the injera; a vast array of delectable stews.
How is injera eaten?
With your fingers! Duh! =) But only with the fingers of your right hand. Using your left hand is offensive because it is the hand you use in the toilet. Sit on it if you think you will forget.
And injera bu wat is a social meal, as in, you share the tray or basket with the rest of your table. Think you can handle that?
Serving it up
Injera bu wot is traditionally seved in an injera basket with a lid
Though we usually ate ours in places where it was served on a big tin tray..... like so.
Either way, toss the lid aside. You will see an injera (or maybe a couple) with a variety of stews spread over it. There should have been small rolls of injera or a plate of whole injeras brought out with your meal, so now tear off some injera and use it to pick up some stew. Tilt your head up a bit, open wide and pop the whole lot in.
Oops, wait! Did I explain that the various wats (stews) are like bugs. The brighter red the wat, the more dangerous it is. Several of the wats are made with berbere ( a blend of spices including red chilli, garlic and salt)
Yellow wat is mild, but if you are eating a red wat, have a banana close by. Drinking water only spreads the heat down your tender throat, but the banana absorbs it.
As youngsters, our Mom would cook a mild mince dish for us to eat with our injera, but then as our tastes expanded we really enjoyed sampling the different wats. The most unusual one I ever ate had tiny morsels of cow's stomach in a creamy base. I did not know what it was when I tried it, but it was so yummy I couldn't get grossed out. Sadly I have never come across it again.
If you are interested in concocting this amazing cuisine yourself, try out these recipes .
Or if you want the real thing in comfort, search for a restaurant near you. And please report back whether you liked it or no.