Cookbook:Timatim Fitfit (Ethiopian Tomato Salad)

Timatim Fitfit (Ethiopian Tomato Salad)
CategoryEthiopian recipes
ServingsServes 4

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Timatim fitfit, also known as Ethiopian tomato salad, is a refreshing and vibrant dish made with ripe tomatoes, onions, and a tangy dressing. This salad is bursting with flavors and is a popular side dish in Ethiopian cuisine.

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  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, finely chopped onion, and jalapeño pepper (if using).
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey or sugar (if using), and a pinch of salt until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture in the mixing bowl and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, if needed. You can also add more lemon juice or honey/sugar according to your preference.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Before serving, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley.
  7. Serve the salad chilled as a refreshing side dish or accompaniment to Ethiopian main courses.

Notes, tips, and variations edit

  • You can customize the spice level of the salad by adjusting the amount of jalapeño pepper or adding chili flakes.
  • The addition of honey or sugar in the dressing helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste.
  • Use ripe, juicy tomatoes for the best flavor and texture in the salad.
  • For a milder flavor, you can remove the seeds from the tomatoes before dicing.
  • Letting the salad chill in the refrigerator allows the flavors to develop and enhances the taste.
  • To add more depth of flavor, you can include diced cucumbers or bell peppers to the salad.
  • Some recipes include a sprinkle of ground mitmita spice for an extra kick of heat and flavor.

Nutrition edit

  • Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants. They also provide dietary fiber and are low in calories.