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Fata Recipe with Spicy Tomato Sauce from Eritrea

Fata is a dish popular in Eritrea made with a spicy tomato sauce served over chunks of crusty bread. It is a spectacular snack or vegetarian lunch with loads of flavor.
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Course: Appetizer, lunch
Cuisine: Eritrean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • Spice Grinder


  • ¼ vegetable Oil
  • ½ red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 plum tomatoes, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Berbere
  • cup water
  • 6 slices of crusty bread
  • 1 jalapeño
  • ½ cup 5 oz Full fat greek yogurt


  • In a medium pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, berbere, and water and heat, uncovered, until the tomatoes break down, about 7 minutes.
  • Put 3 pieces of bread in each bowl. Then, layer with spoonfuls of sauce, jalapeños and greek yogurt. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Vegetable Oil: You can also use canola oil, sunflower oil, or even olive oil (though the last one would be slightly less authentic)
  • Vegetables: Red onion, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeño, tomato pasta
  • Spices: Berbere spice blend
  • Crusty Bread: I purchased this from the bakery section at my local grocery store. You can use French bread, but I used a larger loaf. Anything with a flaky crust will be a great option.
  • Greek Yogurt: I used full fat, plain Greek yogurt.
  • Make sure to mince your tomato and onion very finely.
  • If you want the tomato sauce to be less spicy, you can add less berbere. Alternatively, you can sprinkle with some cinnamon, paprika, nutmeg, and cumin, and omit the cayenne altogether. 
  • If you want, you can sprinkle additional toppings on top, like raw onions, cilantro, or anything else that sounds yummy!
  • Though it’s not traditional, the spicy tomato sauce would make a great tomato sauce for pasta or a sauce for rice if you so desire.
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