Ethiopian Vegetarian Dishes To Try

Ethiopian Vegetarian Dishes To TryVegetarian And Vegan Dishes To Try

Being a person who only eats certain foods can hinder going out to eat, especially in large groups. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten intolerant, or have any other type of dietary restriction, it can be hard to find a restaurant that everyone can enjoy. If you go to an American restaurant, it can be difficult to find dishes that are filling, healthy, and delicious for everyone. It can be hard locating restaurants for every type of eater, but when you think outside the box and try some different cuisines, it can open your eyes to a whole new world of savory dishes. Whatever kind of dietary restriction you have, you can find a variety of delectable foods to eat at Benyam Cuisine. With two locations in Chicago, one on North Broadway and the other on North Clark, you and your friends and family can enjoy a different type of cuisine that caters to everyone. If you have never tried Ethiopian food, read Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Ethiopian Food and The Best Ethiopian Dishes For First-Time Guests to have a good idea of what types of first dishes to order or the atmosphere you’ll experience.

Try These Vegetarian And Vegan Dishes

What type of eater are you?
Have you eliminated meat from your diet?
Do you not eat anything with gluten in it?
Are you strictly a vegan eater?

When you come and eat at Benyam Cuisine, you’ll realize that all of our dishes are geared toward specific eaters. The Ethiopian diet is centered around meat, vegetables, and spices. Read What Spices Are In Ethiopian Food? to learn more about the different types of spices that are in Ethiopian food. Ethiopia is a country rich with history and fertile land. As one of the earliest areas of habitation, Ethiopia is influenced by a variety of religions, the food that is able to grow there, and the culture. Many of the dishes that are served are filled with health benefits because of the many nutrients that are in each dish. Each Ethiopian dish is spiced to perfection, whether there’s meat in it or it’s filled with only vegetables. Similarly to Indian food, Ethiopian food is derived from food found on the land that is inexpensive and able to be shared with the entire family.

If you’re a strict vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-intolerant eater, the dishes listed below will give you a good idea of what kinds of food you can eat at Benyam Cuisine. We picked only five, even though there are many dishes geared toward vegetarian and vegan eaters. Keep in mind: if you do practice strict dietary needs, these are just a few of the dishes you can order and there’s an entire portion of the menu that’s vegetarian only. To see more dishes that are not listed below check out our menu to get the full idea of the many Ethiopian food dishes you can consume.

Vegetarian Sampler

The Vegetarian Sampler is number E3 on the menu. This sampler allows you to taste many different dishes instead of only getting one. Traditionally, Ethiopian food is eaten on a large dish that’s covered with injera. Injera is the type of bread that is used to pick up the food. Instead of using utensils, injera is used as a way to eat the food. Injera is a spongy bread without any gluten and tastes a little bit like sour dough bread. On the Vegetarian Sampler there is Shimbra Assa (29), which is a spicy chickpea type of dumpling. It is made from chickpeas to look like a stew and is deliciously spiced. The second item on the Vegetarian Sampler is Yemisir Wat (30), which is made from red lentils with a spicy homemade sauce. Basically, it’s like a red lentil stew. The next dish on the Vegetarian Sampler is Kik Alicha (31), which is a mild split pea dish with a sauce made from onion, garlic, ginger, and other spices. The fourth dish on this sampler is the Gomen (33), which is collard greens that have been simmered in onions and garlic. Tikel Gomen (35) is next, made from cabbage, carrots, and cooked in a mild sauce. Lastly on the Vegetarian Sampler there is Dinich Alicha (37), made from potato cubes, carrots, and cooked in a milk sauce. The sauce is made from onions, garlic, ginger, and Ethiopian spices. If you want a little of everything, we recommend trying this Vegetarian Sampler.

Yetsom Firfir

In addition to having samplers to share with everyone, sometimes it’s nice to have a dish to yourself. Yetsom Ferfer is a little different than the sampler because of the variety of vegetables in it. A classic vegan stew, any strict vegan can enjoy this dish with the many vegetables and spices. Made from berbere spice and tomatoes cooked with pieces of injera, this is a spicy, filling, and tantalizing dish. As a vegan, it might grow tiresome to continuously eat the same old dishes while out on the town, which is why this vegan stew will introduce you to a variety of new spices and a dish that will leave you craving more.

Okra Quosta

This entree is a little different than the other two above examples. Filled with a combination of okra and spinach, if you enjoy mild dishes with a majority of spices, this is a must try for anyone (even the meat lover). Okra is a delicious and underused vegetable in America, which is why this dish makes your taste buds salivate. Made with mild spices, onions, and fresh garlic, the okra and chopped spinach will be filled with a savory taste that will leave you wondering how it could be so healthy when it tastes so good.


Similar to Shimbra Asa (29), Shiro is made from chickpea puree. Made with chopped onions and garlic, Shiro is a tasty entree for those who like a little more plain food. Shiro isn’t heavy on the spices, instead relying on garlic, chickpea puree, and onions to give it the real flavor. If you are trying to be more of an adventurous eater but need to take small steps, then Shiro is the way to go.

Tofu Tibs (Mild)

Do you love tofu? Have you been wondering whether Ethiopian food caters to tofu? Don’t worry, Tofu Tips is a tofu heavy dish. Modeled from Tibs (06), Tofu Tibs taste just as good and will allow any meat or vegetarian eater to indulge in all of the savory flavors and health benefits each Ethiopian dish provides. Tofu Tips is a mild dish serviced with sauteed tofu, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and a delicious blend of spiced sauce. If you enjoy regular Tips (06), then try the Tofu Tibs to be able to compare or if you’re a vegetarian or vegan you’ll enjoy the tantalizingly spiced sauce and blend of vegetables and tofu.

Come visit Benyam Cuisine and try your own cup of steaming, rich Ethiopian coffee with a delicious plate of Ethiopian food.