Difo Dabo/Oven backed bread with banana leaf

Difo Dabo/Banana Leaf Wrapped Bread is a very popular type of bread which Ethiopians mostly bake for big holidays, or to take as a gift when they visit family. And it is traditionally baked in a circular baking pan.


5 lbs flour (all purpose, or wheat)
2 tbsp dry yeast
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar (optional)/more or less as desired
Black Caraway Seed
White Cumin Seed (roasted and ground)
Fenugreek (roasted and ground)
2-3 lbs Banana Leaf


  1. Mix your yeast with warm water in a cup and leave it until it rises
  2. Mix your flour with the yeast and the other dry ingredients in a bucket (including the ground white cumin seed, Fenugreek, and the black caraway seed)
  3. Make your dough by adding water little by little to avoid lumps
  4. Cover your baking pan with banana leaf and pour your dough in the pan covered with banana leaf
  5. Cover the top of the dough with banana leaf and leave it to rise
  6. Warm your oven to 400 degrees and bake it for 45-60 minutes

Remove from oven and make it cool on a tray or fabric. Remove the banana leaf from the bread and it is ready for serving.