Restaurant Review: DAMA Ethiopian DC

Hello friends! Last week I tried a restaurant I’ve been DYING to try. I’ve read all their reviews and was very excited due to their amazing vegetarian and vegan options. On my recent trip I had vegan tibs (which were amazing and made in house (similar to a seitan meat replacement)!), shiro, injera bread, and some Ethiopian hot sauce. Y’all everything was so delicious and fresh. It’s a flavor profile I don’t even know how to describe. Everything was well spiced. I got the vegan tibs combo which is more than enough food for 2 people. The dessert shown above is the VEGAN coffee cake which was DELICIOUS that I didn’t wanna share. If y’all are in the DC area and want veg-friendly Ethiopian food definitely check this place out! I look forward to trying out the vegetarian combo next time!

Vegan Chai-Spiced Apple Muffins

Hello dear friends! Today I realized that I had too many apples and I was craving a cup of chai. I’m sure y’all can tell where my mind went to next! Apple CHAI muffins of course! I tried to make these little suckers as healthy as possible because Y’ALL summer is around the corner. These muffins are healthy(ish), beautifully spiced, and VEGAN. Plus you get the added bonus of being able to say you ate a fruit today. All you gotta do now is mix all the ingredients together and pop these bad boys in the oven. GO CHECK ‘EM OUT!

PS: I’ve included the recipe for chai masala below that I was “loaned” from my favorite aunty in the world. She wishes not to be named but she is amazing and y’all should definitely try her recipe out!!

Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chai masala (recipe below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil
  • 2 medium apples shredded (I used GALA)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional and can be substituted for any nuts/seeds/dried fruits of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Shred the apples.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, chai masala, cinnamon, baking soda, pinch of salt and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add the oil, almond milk, and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the shredded apples and chia seeds (optional) and mix well.
  6. Pour into a well-greased baking sheet or muffin tin. Makes about 1 dozen muffins.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Rest for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Aunty’s Chai Masala Recipe

Chai masala is a seasoning blend that is used to make Indian chai along with black tea leaves, milk, and sugar. Many people have their own recipes and ratios however, this one is our favorite and makes about 2 tablespoon of the chai masala!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper seed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Stir all of the spices together to combine well!
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Vegan “Cheez” Sauce

Hello friends! Hope y’all are doing well! Today I had my two favorite vegan ingredients (almond milk and NOOCH aka nutritional yeast) lying around and I decided to make my all time favorite vegan “cheez” sauce recipe! This sauce can be used for nachos, macaroni and cheese, or you can just DRINK it. I kid I kid. But it is seriously good and EASY. We usually season according to what we are using the sauce for! For example for nachos we add a bit of chili powder and some pico de gallo; for macaroni and cheese we add some mustard powder and onion/garlic can be added as well! I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients:

Yields about 1 cup of cheez sauce

  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 2/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. On medium heat bring almond milk to a boil.
  2. Once the almond milk has boiled add the nutritional yeast and continue to heat the mixture on medium heat until the mixture thickens about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture continuously to ensure that the bottom does not burn.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened add salt and your desired seasonings. REMEMBER TO SALT and SEASON at the end!!
  4. Enjoy!!