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African Recipe of the Week: Ethiopian Pancakes

02/03/2010 12:49

Thurgood Marshall

Add some African flavors to Black History Month with these tasty Ethiopian pancakes! 


- 1 teaspoon dry yeast 

- 2-1/2 cups warm water 

- 4 cups flour

- 1 teaspoon baking powder 

- Oil 

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water, add it to the flour, and mix well. Let the mixture stand at room temperature overnight. (In winter it takes 2 days to allow fermentation.) 

2. Stir in the baking powder and let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. 

3. Put about 1/2 teaspoon oil in large skillet, add about 1/2 cup of the batter, and fry over low heat for 1 or 2 minutes. When bubbles appear, cover the skillet for 15 seconds. Turn out the pancake to a dish. Prepare all the pancakes this way, frying on one side only. 


Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was a courageous civil rights lawyer during a time when racial segregation was the law of the land. At a time when most American society refused to extend equality to black people, Marshall astutely realized that one of the best ways to bring about change was through the legal system. Between 1938 and 1961, he presented more than 30 civil rights cases before the Supreme Court. He won 29 of them. His most important case was Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), which ended segregation in public schools. Marshall challenged the doctrine, pointing out that "separate but equal" was just a myth disguising racism. He argued that if all students were indeed equal, then why was separation needed? The Supreme Court agreed, ruling that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Marshall went on to become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in American history. Find out more about Black History Month or African culture on the Africa Imports web site by Clicking Here.