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    dwbtd
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:55 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    want to make bulla (bula) drink - I guess it is just bulla powder added to hot water ??
    any advice is appreciated - I'm american and there are no African restaurants where I live

    I'm working my way thru as many ethio foods as I can - love them although making Injera still defeats me icon_question.gif
    Zurie
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:42 pm
    Forum Host
    Wow ... never heard of it, this far down south!!

    Let me see what I can find, and get back to you.
    Zurie
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:48 pm
    Forum Host
    There does not seem to be a recipe for Bula.

    I'm not sure if you have access to a powder with which you can make this drink?

    You can click on this link: this is what I found. It seems to be a herbal kind of drink in a can: http://bulabeverage.com/
    dwbtd
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:16 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    [quote="Zurie"]There does not seem to be a recipe for Bula.

    it's been a tough one to find- there are several drinks called Bula including a yogart - but the bulla I'm talking about comes from a plant called Esset - major food for the Gurange People south west part of Ethiopia - and I get it from:

    http://www.ethiopianspices.com/html/products.asp?ItemID=1030

    kind of ordered everything in their store then finding a recipe for it icon_smile.gif

    thanks for trying - maybe someone on here is from Africa and has some idea
    d
    *Monica*
    Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:38 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Injera IS hard. Our Ethiopian friends say that getting a new non stick pan that you use ONLY for injera (nothing else!!) is key. Haven't tried that trick myself yet.

    Don't know about the bulla drink. I'll ask my ethio friends.
    Zurie
    Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:26 pm
    Forum Host
    dwbtd wrote:


    it's been a tough one to find- there are several drinks called Bula including a yogart - but the bulla I'm talking about comes from a plant called Esset - major food for the Gurange People south west part of Ethiopia - and I get it from:

    http://www.ethiopianspices.com/html/products.asp?ItemID=1030

    kind of ordered everything in their store then finding a recipe for it icon_smile.gif

    thanks for trying - maybe someone on here is from Africa and has some idea
    d


    "Maybe someone on here is from Africa ... "! Dear dwbtd, I live in South Africa.

    I have just about exhausted Google. I cannot find a single reference to "Esset", the plant, or about a drink called Bula or Bulla.

    Please keep in mind that Africa is not a country -- it is a vast continent of some 54 countries. Foods, culture and products vary widely from country to country.

    We will try and help here as much as we can, but if you have a look at the map of Africa (posted on this forum as a Sticky) you might get an idea of the impossibility of sourcing rather exotic foods, drinks and plants. Usually we can find references, recipes and further help, but in this case I drew a blank.

    Is there a special reason why you want this recipe? I mean, have you tasted and liked it a lot? Has someone requested this Bula? Because it does seem rather impossible to source.
    Molly53
    Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:36 pm
    Forum Host
    dwbtd wrote:
    want to make bulla (bula) drink - I guess it is just bulla powder added to hot water ??
    any advice is appreciated - I'm american and there are no African restaurants where I live

    I'm working my way thru as many ethio foods as I can - love them although making Injera still defeats me icon_question.gif
    According to Wikipedia: "Gurage cuisine additionally makes use of the false banana plant (enset, Ge'ez: እንሰት inset), a type of ensete. The plant is pulverized and fermented to make a bread-like food called qocho or kocho (Ge'ez: ቆጮ ḳōč̣ō), which is eaten with kitfo. The root of this plant may be powdered and prepared as a hot drink called bulla (Ge'ez: ቡላ būlā), which is often given to those who are tired or ill. Another typical Gurage preparation is coffee with butter (kebbeh)".

    The Gurage people are an ethnic group in Ethiopia inhabiting a fertile, semi-mountainous region in southwest Ethiopia, about 150 miles southwest of Addis Ababa, bordering the Awash River in the north, the Gibe River (a tributary of the Omo) to the southwest, and Lake Zway in the east.

    See if the first recipe on this page will work for you: http://www.selambaltena.com.et/products.html

    If that's not it, there are recipes for bulla porridge on pages 7 and 32 of this document: http://www.linkagesproject.org/publications/Complementary_Feeding-RecipeBook.pdf
    dwbtd
    Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:44 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    "Maybe someone on here is from Africa ... "! Dear dwbtd, I live in South Africa

    sorry I should have been more specific on location - Ethiopia and SA are a long ways apart I know - the only reason I'm looking is we have fallen in love with the foods and want to try everything we can - I hear that the cuisine of South Africa is amazing according to Marcus 'Joar' Samuelsson and maybe that will be our next adventure in eating icon_smile.gif

    thanks
    doug
    dwbtd
    Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:05 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    *Monica* wrote:
    Injera IS hard. Our Ethiopian friends say that getting a new non stick pan that you use ONLY for injera (nothing else!!) is key. Haven't tried that trick myself yet.

    Don't know about the bulla drink. I'll ask my ethio friends.


    I have been using a non-stick elec skillet and that seems to help some - heard to only clean is with salt but that seems a little drastic to teflon? -

    got my quick injera down using a bit of yeast - but every time I try the "traditional" way on letting it ferment on yeast in the air it seems to my american sensibilities to have "gone off" - maybe need to just try it anyway icon_smile.gif

    thanks again - where I live is the least muti-cultural place I know so online is about my best bet for help !
    doug
    Zurie
    Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:47 am
    Forum Host
    dwbtd wrote:
    "Maybe someone on here is from Africa ... "! Dear dwbtd, I live in South Africa

    sorry I should have been more specific on location - Ethiopia and SA are a long ways apart I know - the only reason I'm looking is we have fallen in love with the foods and want to try everything we can - I hear that the cuisine of South Africa is amazing according to Marcus 'Joar' Samuelsson and maybe that will be our next adventure in eating icon_smile.gif

    thanks
    doug


    Doug, did Molly's Wikipedia info help you at all?

    I'd love to have you visit S A, and eat at some of the top restaurants!

    Some of our spices and seasonings are probably hard to come by in the USA. I have quite a number of S A traditional recipes posted, and so have others -- home food, not fine dining.
    dwbtd
    Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:17 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Doug, did Molly's Wikipedia info help you at all?

    I'd love to have you visit S A, and eat at some of the top restaurants!

    Some of our spices and seasonings are probably hard to come by in the USA. I have quite a number of S A traditional recipes posted, and so have others -- home food, not fine dining.[/quote]

    the pdf on food for young kids was also amazing - I sent it along to my daughter who just had a baby and wants pure foods -

    I will check out your recipes - always looking for new and different foods that's for sure
    thanks
    doug
    Leggy Peggy
    Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:09 pm
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    I'm in South America right now, but there's a great Ethiopian restaurant in
    Canberra run by people who migrated from Ethiopia recently. If someone
    will remind me in early September when I get home, I'll go to the restaurant
    and ask about Bula Bulla.
    dwbtd
    Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:50 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Leggy Peggy wrote:
    I'm in South America right now, but there's a great Ethiopian restaurant in
    Canberra run by people who migrated from Ethiopia recently. If someone
    will remind me in early September when I get home, I'll go to the restaurant
    and ask about Bula Bulla.


    I'll do that - made some bulla porridge - will say it was filling - maybe adding more spice will help - fun to try anyway
    doug
    Leggy Peggy
    Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:23 pm
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    dwbtd wrote:
    Leggy Peggy wrote:
    I'm in South America right now, but there's a great Ethiopian restaurant in
    Canberra run by people who migrated from Ethiopia recently. If someone
    will remind me in early September when I get home, I'll go to the restaurant
    and ask about Bula Bulla.


    I'll do that - made some bulla porridge - will say it was filling - maybe adding more spice will help - fun to try anyway
    doug


    Thanks Doug. I look forward to hearing from you.
    As for spices in Ethiopia, they even spice their butter. Delicious.
    Hubby and I spent about a month there in 2009. Can't say I remember
    bula/bulla but we loved the food.
    Leggy Peggy
    Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:26 pm
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    Hi there
    I'm back from South America and have done a little homework on Ethiopian food. The restaurant folks pointed me towards a great blog that should be of help. Here are two relevant links. The second link has a string of recipes. I plan on spending a lot of time looking at them. icon_smile.gif

    http://ethiopianfood.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/catching-up-with-qocho/

    http://ethiopianfood.wordpress.com/recipes/
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