Habibas Ethiopian Kitchen will start serving diners six days a week. They plan to be open for lunch and dinner, Tuesdays to Fridays, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends.

By Teri Weaver (Syracuse.com) |

Syracuse, N.Y.―Attention injera and wat lovers: Habiba Boru will start serving Ethiopian food at noon on Saturday (Oct. 20).

Habibas Ethiopian Kitchen at 656 N. Salina St. will be Syracuse’s only Ethiopian restaurant.

“I’ve always had the dream of opening my own restaurant,” she said this week. “Now it’s time.”

Habiba Boru learned to cook from her mother when they lived a refugee camp in Kenya. Boru was a child, and she watched as her mother cooked and sold samosas and injera flatbread from a hut.

Habiba brought those cooking lessons with her to Syracuse, where she came alone in 2000. She started cooking for friends and family in 2005. For the past couple of years, she’s run a catering business.

Finally on Saturday, she and her husband, Hussein Mumin, will start serving diners six days a week. They plan to be open for lunch and dinner, Tuesdays to Fridays, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends.

The menu will include traditional Ethiopian dishes, such as spicy wats, or stews, and vegetable dishes such as gomen (collard greens) and atakilt wat (a mix of potatoes and vegetables).

Injera, a sourdough flatbread, is the staple of most meals. It also is used as a utensil: torn pieces are used to pick up and mop up stews of meats and vegetables. Habiba will offer forks, but she hopes most people will be willing to dig in with their hands.

“That’s the only way you can tell how the food is,” she said.

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