Berberé |Hot East African Spice blend

Berberé is a spicy and savory spice mixture used all over Eritrea and Ethiopia. This blend goes well with chicken, beef, or lamb, and would also be great with lentils and other legumes. I’ve used it with our Doro Wat (chicken stew) and Awaze Tibs (lamb stew) recipes. A few sprinkles would also be great in our Lentil Wat.

Makes about 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

3 cloves
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp  fenugreek seeds
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp peppercorns
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
5 whole allspice balls
1/4 tsp cardamom seeds (removed from pods)
1/8 cup chili powder

Method:

Heat the spices in a clean, dry skillet to toast them. Once cool, grind them in batches.

Keep going until most of the stragglers get ground up!

Hey, that’s my sister!

Enjoy.

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Berberé is a spicy and savory spice mixture used all over Eritrea and Ethiopia. This blend goes well with chicken, beef, or lamb, and would also be great with lentils and other legumes. I’ve used it with our Doro Wat (chicken stew) and Awaze Tibs (lamb stew) recipes. A few sprinkles would also be great in our Lentil Wat.Berberé |Hot East African Spice blend
Servings
1/4cup
Servings
1/4cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the spices in a clean, dry skillet to toast them. Once cool, grind them in batches. Store in a cool, dry place.
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Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.

18 Comments

  1. A friend of ours adopted a sweet young man from Ethiopia – boy does that boy go to town on anything cooked in or sprinkled with berbere!! Passing your recipe along to her as their stock brought over has run dry!

    • Sasha Martin says

      That’s great, thank you! I hope the blend tastes half as good as what they brought home. Every home mixes theirs a little differently, so they should feel free to play with the proportions until they have something they like. I think the general rule of thumb is about half chili powder and half a combination of the other spices.

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