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  • Allison van Tilborgh

Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine Orlando (Vegan Guide)

"A blend of spice, a blaze of color, a burst of flavor"


At Selam, you get to play with your food. Grab fistfuls of delicious veggie curries and sauces between pieces of soft injera bread, and you'll be transported to Ethiopia & Eritrea. My husband and I have been coming here for years and have celebrated many birthdays and holidays with Selam's friendly staff. If you come, know they have one important rule: you have to finish your plate! You've been warned :)


All items are very clearly labeled on their menu making ordering vegan a painless experience! Find below the comprehensive guide to eating vegan at Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine:


NOTE: All dishes are traditionally served with injera bread.


APPETIZER

Lentil Samosas

Two triangles-shaped pastry shells stuffed with lentil, onion, jalapeno and herbs, lightly deep fried in vegetable oil served with a side of homemade special fresh tomato hot sauce.


Timatim Fitfit

Scrambled lnjera soaked with a delicious flavor, made of fresh tomatoes, green chilies , onions, garlic, and Selam's herbs. (aka my mother-in-law's addiction)


Azifa

Boiled and cooled green lentils mixed with vegetable oil minced jalapenos, tomatoes, red onions, flavored with lemon juice and homemade herb seasoning.


SELAM HOUSE SPECIALS

Selam Veggie Special (TSV Pick!)

A combination of 9 vegan dishes Stiiro, Miser wot (red lentil), Kik alecha (split peas), collard green, Atikit wot (cabbage, carrot, potato) Mushroom tibs, timatim-fitfit, azifa, and side salad.



NOTE: If this is your first time and you're coming with a veg-loving friend, I HIGHLY recommend sharing this. It's the true Selam experience! Also, its a great way to sample all the vegan dishes available!


VEGETARIAN/VEGAN DISHES

Selam Special Tegabino Shiro

Ethiopian signature pureed split peas milled together and slow cooked in various spices with vegetable oil or Ethiopian herbed seasoned butter served with side salad.


Yemisir Wot

Pureed split red lentils are simmered in chopped onions, garlic, vegetable oiI and spicy berbere sauce.


Kik Alitcha

Split yellow pieces made with onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric. ( Non-spicy)


Ye-atkilt Wot

A mixture of potatoes, carrots, green beans, onions, and cabbage cooked in vegetable oil.

NOTE: This is a favorite of mine!


Gomen

Ethiopian preparation of collard greens. sauteed collard greens, ginger, garlic, onions & jalapenos (Mild)

NOTE: This is also a favorite of mine!


Yetsom Firfir

Scrambled lnjera with a delicious berbere sauce, flavored with garlic, and Ethiopian herb, served with side salad.


Mushroom Tibs

Excellent addition to your plate, Hearty meat-like mushrooms,firm texture sauteed savory-onion, fresh tomatoes, garlic and rosemary, served with side salad.


Mushroom Dulet

Finely chopped mushrooms, jalapenos, red onions, garlic and vegetable oil, served with side salad.


Veggie Combination

This is essentially a smaller version of the veggie special. A combination of 6 variety vegan dishes: YE-MISER WOT (red Lentil), YE-KIK ALITCHA (Split Peas), ATALKELT WOT (cabbage, carrots & potato), GOMEN (collard Greens), YE TIMATIM FITFI and side salad.


BONUS:

If you are able, I definitely recommend participating in the Mini Traditional Coffee ceremony. Not only is it delicious, but it's an aroma journey and involves special preparation. I ordered once and they were working on it most of my meal, so we could enjoy during dessert time.

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