Dabo kolo
Dabo kolo ( ዳቦ ቆሎ )
Region or stateEthiopia, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Main ingredientsFlour, milk, barley
Other informationFor snacking or festivity

Dabo kolo (Amharic: ዳቦ ቆሎ (d'abo kolo), Oromo: Boqqolloo daabboo) is an Ethiopian and Eritrean snack and finger food consisting of small pieces of spiced fried dough.[1][2][3] Dabo kolo means corn bread in the Amharic language, with dabo for bread, and kolo for corn or roasted barley, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, other local grains and peanuts.[4]

Kolo bread wrapped in a paper cone is often sold by local kiosks and street vendors. It is prepared by frying small pieces of dough cut from rolls. Sometimes honey is added to make dabo kolo sweeter. Dabo kolo is also considered a Congolese finger food.[5] A rare alternative recipe is dabo kolo made from coffee beans.[6]


Dabo kolo is a special dish during the Ethiopian New Year festivities. It is traditionally served during Shabbat meals by the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews).[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Dabo Kolo. Traditional Snack From Ethiopia". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 27 May 2021. Dabo kolo is an Ethiopian snack with a spicy flavor and crunchy texture, consisting of flour, sugar, salt, water, butter, and berberé spices.
  2. ^ Ethiopian Cooking "How to Make Ye Mitad Dabo Kolo" የምጣድ ዳቦ ቆሎ አሰራር on YouTube. Transliterated Amharic: Yemit’adi dabo k’olo āserari. A lady explains how to prepare Dabo kolo with ingredients of turmeric and berbere for colour, sugar, oil, milk, water and wheat flour. Video of 45m 56s. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  3. ^ Ethiopian Food - Dabo Kolo - Sweet snack eaten with Coffee - Buna on YouTube. Ingredients are hot water, salt, sugar, oil, and colouring. The dough is kneaded to a long roll, then cut to small pieces of sweetcorn size, and fried in hot oil for 3 minutes. Video of 1m 51s. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Kolo. Traditional Snack From Ethiopia - TasteAtlas". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 27 May 2022. Kolo is a traditional Ethiopian snack consisting of a combination of roasted grains such as barley, chickpeas, and sunflower seeds.
  5. ^ Kanjilal, Sahana (26 November 2019). "Top 9 Congolese Foods for Your Appetite". flavorverse.com. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  6. ^ The Hans India (15 January 2018). "Telangana International Sweets Festival proves to be a big hit". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  7. ^ Marks, Gil (1996). The World of Jewish Cooking. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 273. ISBN 9780684835594.