Vegetarian is an emerging lifestyle everywhere, but getting strictly 100% vegan food with flavorful taste is a challenge by it self. Legumes, nuts, beans and seeds are good sources of healthy fats, protein, and fiber providing valuable nutrients and satiety. Yet the variety of vegetarian dishes made of lentils, peas and other vegetables are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.
Why there are more vegan dishes in Ethiopian cuisine than any other culture?
Countries like Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine Jordan are part of the Orthodox church. The Orthodox Church dogma has prescribes a number of fasting periods.
Fasting is abstinence from all things a body needs, and one has to fast from animal products and from any kind of food for a limited time until the period of fasting is over. In general, one has to abstain from any thing which the body desires. The aim of fasting is to make the desire of the body to obey the will of the soul, to seek forgiveness of guilt and to increase the reward of the soul.
The gluten Free fasts Vegan Food
The order of fasts in Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (ሥርዓተ ጾም ዘኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ). The main traditional religion in Ethiopia is the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church that avoid eating all meat and dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter
The Nineveh (ጾመ ነነዌ), the Great Fast (Lent or ዐቢይ ጾም), the fast of the prophets or advent (ጾመ ነቢያት), the eves of Christmas and Epiphany (Gehad ጾመ ገኀድ), the fast of the Apostles (ጾመ ሐዋርያት), the fast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (ጾመ ፍልሰታ ለማርያም), Wednesday and Fridays (የረቡዕ እና ዓርብ ጾም).
In their adherence to the fasting guidelines, Ethiopians have developed a rich array of healthy cooking oil sources such as olive oil (Weyra), Telba Zeit, sesame, Golo Zeit, safflower, sunflower and Noog or Nug (known as Niger seed) used as substitute for animal fats, which is forbidden during fasting periods.
Virgin olive oil is used liberally in Mediterranean and Ethiopian cuisines which highest in health-promoting fats, and the principal source of dietary fat used for cooking, baking and for dressing salads and vegetables and also rich in a broad range of health-promoting antioxidants that adds flavor and texture to Ethiopian & Mediterranean dishes.
Addis Grill serves variety of 100% vegan ad Gluten free of Ethiopian & Mediterranean cuisine made of vegetables, legumes, seeds, herbs and spices are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.