Take a tasty trip with the veggie platter from this Atlanta Ethiopian restaurant

The vegetarian platter at Desta Ethiopian Restaurant.
The vegetarian platter at Desta Ethiopian Restaurant.

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Dish of the Week: Vegetarian platter at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

When your mother told you to eat your vegetables, this probably wasn't what she had in mind. And that's a good thing.

The vegetarian platter at Desta Ethiopian Restaurant in North Druid Hills takes familiar veggies -- cabbage, lentils, potatoes -- and dresses them up in totally new, flavorful and colorful clothes.

Forget what you think you might know about Ethiopian food being universally brown -- the platter comes with 10 different vegan hot and cold dishes that are as pretty to look at as they are tasty to eat. The Gomen takes collard greens, a Southern staple spices it up onions, garlic and ginger; Misir turns split red lentils into a spicy stew using the berbere chili and spice blend used in many Ethiopian dishes; and Tikel Gomen sees cabbage sauteed with onions, garlic, carrots and tumeric.

Use the spongy injera bread to sop up the co-mingling sauces at the end and you will have had yourself a revved-up veggie experience that both you and Mom can get behind.

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