Chechebsa/ Kita Firfir

Chechebsa (ጨጨብሳ)

Chechebsa is sometimes called (Kita Firfir). It is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in the Ethiopian tradition. Chechebsa starts with preparing a batter that’s fried to make a large flatbread called Kita. The kita is then torn into small pieces and is mixed with berbere (spiced red pepper powder) and Niter Kibbeh (spiced butter) until it’s a moist and soft mixture. Chechebsa is usually served warm served with hot coffee or chai spiced tea.Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp of oil to prevent sticky pan
  • 1cup of Flour (whole wheat, all purpose, teff, or a mixture of some or all the flours)
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Spiced red paper powder
  • 4tbspSpiced butter (Nitir Kibbeh)


  1. Heat the pan with the oil on it if
  2. Mix the flour with the salt
  3. Add 1/2 cup water and keep whisking, adding 2 Tbsp more water at a time as needed, and whisking until smooth like a thin pancake batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the hot pan over medium heat. Spread the batter into a single layer to form a large pancake. Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned. Flip the Kita, and cook other side another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Set the cooked Kita aside for a few minutes, to cool.
  5. Tear the flat bread (Kita) into small pieces.
  6. Melt the butter on a pan and mix it with the spiced red pepper powder.
  7. Add the small pieces of the flat bread to the butter-pepper powder pan and ix thoroughly.
  8. Scoop it to a bowl or plate and serve it with hot tea or hot coffee.

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