Ethiopian bread is a sweet and savory bread, packed with delicate aroma of ground ginger and cardamom. It pairs really well with hot chai-tea latte.
Ethiopian bread / flat bread / himbasha / Ambasha
As you all know, I love baking breads and I post a bread recipe every Wednesday. Today, I am presenting my take on the traditional Ethiopian bread, also known as Himbasha. I learnt about this bread while reading an article on popular breads from across the world. The two unique ingredients that go into its making are cardamom powder and dry ginger powder. My husband loves the flavor of cardamom in desserts, and ginger is his all time favorite ingredient. His love for ginger is so much that I maintain fresh stock of dry ginger root, dry ginger powder, fresh ginger root, ginger flavored sugar crystals, homemade ginger-pepper throat drops (only to name a few) in my pantry. He starts his day with a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice with grated ginger, and almost always ends his day with hot ginger tea.  Therefore, I knew deep within that he would be thrilled if I prepared this bread that calls for two of his favorite ingredients! I gave it a shot, and surprised him by the time he was back from the office. He not only loved it, he gobbled up an entire skillet-sized bread in no time.

The recipe calls for very basic ingredients from your kitchen. So making the dough is super easy. You can get as creative as you can as far as decorating this bread goes. I am not a good artist, but I tried my level best to score patterns into this bread as per the traditional recipe :-)  You can also check more details about this bread on Wikipedia (Himbasha). If you guys try this bread do share your pictures and variations.

Ethiopian bread / flat bread / himbasha / Ambasha

Preparation time : 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves : 2 small skillet breads (10″ diameter)

Ingredients for Ethiopian Bread

Active dry yeast – 1 packet ( 2 1/4 tsp)
Warm water – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Ground dry ginger powder – 1 tsp
Ground cardamom – 1 tsp
All purpose flour – 2 3/4 cup to 3 cups
Semolina – 1/4 cup (optional), for more details see the tip section.
Butter / Vegetable oil – to brush, grease the pan and coat the dough.

Steps to prepare  Ethiopian Bread

Step I

  • In a large bowl, add warm water and 1 tsp of sugar. Sprinkle yeast.
  • Cover it and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes. Let the yeast activate.

Step II

  • To the yeast mixture, add sugar, salt, ground cardamom, ginger, flour and semolina and mix to form this dough.
  • Dust the working surface. Transfer the dough and knead it for at least 5 minutes to form a soft and smooth dough.
  • Coat the bowl with oil. Place the dough. Cover and keep it in warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step III

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll it to the size of your skillet pan.
  • Place the rolled dough onto the two greased skillet pans. Using a knife or a blade, score 3 to 4 cuts across the rolled dough intersecting through the center. Then draw concentric circles to form a wheel pattern.
  • Brush with generous amount of butter.
  • Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until it is golden in color.
  • Ethiopian Bread is now ready. Serve with additional butter if desired and enjoy.


  • I have added  1/4 cup of semolina thus 2 3/4 cup of flour was sufficient. If you skip semolina adjust flour accordingly.
  • Again the amount of flour may vary depending on the weather conditions and the brand of flour used.
  • This is a light version of bread. If you like the strong flavors then vary the amount of cardamom, ginger.
  • I have used this pan only for presentation. Please use oven safe dish for baking.
  • You can also add in 1/4 cup of butter or oil to the dough if desired.

Ethiopian bread / flat bread / himbasha / Ambasha Ethiopian bread / flat bread / himbasha / Ambasha

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60 Responses

  1. I think this bread looks amazing. I love cardamom and ginger combination, one of my favorites two. I think that you decorated the bread beautifully.

  2. Interesting! I eat Ethiopian every so often and this bread is never offered. It’s typically Injera.

  3. Interesting !! Ginger and Cardamom flavors are a rare match

  4. I love this bread recipe and that cute pan as well.:).. I missed so many post of yours and after publishing this comment , I will start crawling you recipes and interesting posts ….:) hope you don’t mind ;p 😉

  5. Love the beautiful spices in this bread! Definitely a winner!

  6. What can I say except another sensationally baked bread.

  7. I love baking bread, but I’ve never come across Ethiopian Bread before. It sounds delicious, Kushi…especially with that ginger and cardamom in there. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. You’re killing me today with your Ethiopian Bread. It will be great if we have this bread along with hot chai.

  9. I love baking bread, but I have never had this Ethiopian bread before, but looking at the ingredients I know I am gonna love this.

  10. Ginger and cardamon! This sounds so delicious!

  11. I think iam seeing ethiopian bread for the first time. Thanks for the recipe

  12. Love the spices in this beautifully golden bread!

  13. The bread looks super soft and fluffy and I like the ginger and cardamom flavors..

  14. I love cardamom in baked goods, so I know that I would love this bread. So nice of you to bake this for your husband.

  15. This bread looks beautiful; you did a wonderful job and I’m so glad it’s as tasty as it looks. It’s great to learn about Ethiopian bread as well. I want to try this!

  16. There is an Ethiopian restaurant close to my house and I just love there food, especially the injera which is similar to our dosa, but newer had/saw this bread there.
    Kushi your bread looks perfect, loved the addition of ginger and cardamom powder

  17. Gorgeous bread Kushi! Interesting flavors and I’ll have to try this at home so I can see what it tastes like. Bet it’s great for breakfast with your chai tea recommendation. So funny about your Husband’s love of ginger too! :)

  18. I’m really interested in this, I’m not sure how it could be both sweet and savoury at the same time so I really wanna give it a go! Would you recommend using the semolina, if given a choice?

    • I have added one fourth semolina in my recipe. Thank you so much. Do let me know how it turned out.

  19. Looks delicious Kushi :)

  20. Cardamom AND ginger!! I am so making this!!

  21. The bread looks sooooo soft and fluffy. Love the beautiful spices in this bread! Excellent share dear kushi.😊👍

  22. Ginger loaded pantry kya? I so wish I can regularly drink the lemon juice with honey and ginger in the morning. Between bread looks so soft and love the texture. Bookmarking it kushi.

  23. Thank you for sharing this, I have been looking for something simple to introduce more spice into our house. I am going to try this tonight. So excited!

  24. Oh my!! It looks so good! Never had Ethiopian bread. Gotta try it!

  25. Looks so good and not too hard to make. I’ll have to try my hand at it!

  26. Looks so tasty, definitely will try to make it :)

  27. Hello Kushi! My husband suggest my to prepare this bread… it looks very good!! The recipe seems quite easy, doesn’t it?
    I never eat the ethiopian bread, but I would taste it! I rather use the ginger and the cardamom in my dishes, I usually often mede Mediterranean spices like basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage.
    Thanks for your recipe, I like so much your blog and your english! It’s quite easy to understand: I’m a italian girl, I’m trying to learn english and read your recipe is a good work for me 😛
    Now, I’m going to follow you on your different social!
    Have a nice day than!

    • It’s so sweet of you. Thank you so much. Do let me know how this turn out :-) Have a great weekend.

  28. The bread looks so lovely! Do you have to give the dough proofing time like for other breads?

    • Yeah! I took 1 hour time for resting before baking it! Thank you so much for the comment. Do let me know how it turned out!

  29. This bread sounds new & interesting recipe for doubt bread looks amazing & super soft and you have such a big list of ginger varities in your pantry, that’s wow really..amazing share dear Kushi 😊

  30. Looks delicious, very nice.

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