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Ethiopian Berbere Spice Mix

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Berbere is used in Ethiopia to flavor stews (wat). The seasoning is popular in Ethiopia just like Curry in India. Making Berbere in Ethiopia can take up to three days. But I am going to use ground spices to make it fast and easy.
  Fenugreek seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Dried chilies 6
  Paprika 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground ginger 2 Teaspoon
  Onion powder 2 Teaspoon
  Ground allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Cardamom pods/1 tsp ground cardamom 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cloves/0.25 tsp of ground cloves 10
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon

In a bowl add all the ground spices.

On low heat a saucepan and toast the fenugreek seeds, cardamom pods, chilies, cloves and onion. Then, toast for 2 min. Remove and let it cool down for few minutes.

Break the cardamom pods and get the seeds, discard the stems from the chilies and grind all the toasted spices together.

Toast all the spices together in saucepan for 5 min.

Put in a jar and store.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
5 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
The Ethiopians love their stews! So to make a good Ethiopian stew, you will need the Berbere spice mix. If you have an African store near where you live, the you can buy it, else watch and learn from Oumou from this video! Besides, you can make under 15 minutes of you have all the ingredients at hand.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 386 Calories from Fat 105

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g19.2%

Saturated Fat 3 g15.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 8787.8 mg366.2%

Total Carbohydrates 76 g25.4%

Dietary Fiber 34.7 g139%

Sugars 14.4 g

Protein 15 g30.9%

Vitamin A 640.1% Vitamin C 87.2%

Calcium 31.1% Iron 118.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Ethiopian Berbere Spice Mix Recipe Video