Ethiopian Beef Steak Tartar (Kitfo)

Total Time
40mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins

Kitfo is one of the typical dishes of Ethiopian cooking. The main ingredients of Kitfo is beef, clarified butter and mitmita. Mitmita is a very spicy pepper powder which is made of cayenne-type tiny dark-orange chili peppers seasoned with spices such as cloves, cardamom seed and salt.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cut the meat in small pieces; remove fat and seams.
  2. In a food processor put small amount of the meat at a time, spread some mitmita, grind until meat is finely chopped; using a fork, remove any residue of fat and seams; place the spicy ground meat in a dish; repeat the process until all required meat is done.
  3. In small pot, on a lower heat melt the butter, add the remaining mitmita, false cardamom, (garlic, black pepper, salt, if needed); remove from heat.
  4. Combine the spicy ground meat with the spicy butter; using fork and spoon, mix it until completely marinated.
  5. Place it in a lightly warm serving dish, serve it immediately with Injera or bread. If preferred, sauté the marinated meat for two to three minutes.
  6. Note: As Steak Tartar is uncooked dish, choice of first class quality meat and cleanliness is important.
  7. * You will find these spices in Ethiopian or Indian shops/groceries.
  8. ** Please go to www.yewoinfamilycooking.com to see how to prepare Purified/Clarified Butter (Nitir Kebe).