If an Ethiopian grocery store has been popular for 17 years in Minnesota, you know they have good stuff. Shega Foods comprises of a bakery, deli and grocery store. Whether it is to get breakfast, lunch or groceries of the week, this is a one stop for East African community in Minneapolis.
Founded in 1996 by Worku Mindaye and Taffy Weldeyohannes, Shga Foods specializes in making Injera. Injera which is the key to Ethiopian cuisine, is yeast-risen thin flat bread made from special teff flour. It tastes slightly sour with a similar sourdough flavor but, it has an unique soft and wholesome bite. Teff is an important crop to Ethiopia’s cereal industry and is quite similar to millet. Known for its high dietary fiber, iron and calcium, teff is gluten free! This makes teff a great nutritious alternative for people with Celiac disease.
Shega Bakery welcomes its customers with a variety of colorful grains. They have everything from roasted barley grains to teff flour. They also sell colorful Ethiopian gifts and kitchen equipments. In Amharic term (Ethiopian national language), ‘Shega’ means beautiful.
What to expect for Ethiopian dishes? Most Ethiopian dishes consist of vegetable or spicy meat stew served on Injera. The breakfast at the deli includes Alecha fitfit which consists of Injera pieces stir fried with spices. Lunch and dinner meals include Tibs (beef/lamb), Kitfo (ground beef), Doro (Chicken) and Alecha Wat (lamb/beef). Some are sautéed and some are stews. All served on Injera. Otherwise, they also have Samosas for 75 cents each!
Injera is obviously a very important dish to the Ethiopians but the teff flour is also getting more popular in United States because of its nutritious properties. Shega Bakery has perfected Injera making for the benefits of Ethiopian and East African communities. Come to Shega Bakery to experience fresh natural taste of Injera first hand!
For more information, check out Shega Foods at http://shegafoods.com/index.html. It is located at 2111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
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