Ethiopian Berbere contains the unique mix of heat from peppers, ginger, cloves and fenugreek, combined with the sweetness of cinnamon, allspice and cardamom. It is mixed with oil or water and made into a paste before using. The combined flavor of all these spices resembles Indian masala. This Berbere is commonly used in ethnic stews, called wats, or to coat meats before frying. Ethiopian beef, chicken, and lentil stew all call for this unparalleled blend of spice flavors and heat. It is also widely used in making pastes for dipping bread.
Remember when cooking with Ethiopian Berbere, a pinch or two may do you – it is HOT (but GOOD)!
Usage:This is a spicy hot blend with a unique flavor. Use in traditional Ethiopian stews and in coatings for foods to be fried. Great rubbbed on chicken.
Ingredients:Ground Red Pepper, Paprika, Ground Ginger, Garlic, Ground Fenugreek, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Ground Allspice, Spices
A Little goes a long way!!
Posted by jeff on 30th Jan 2016
Adds heat and flavor to lentils.
Posted by KT on 30th Jan 2013
I have made berbere at school for Doro Wat, and wanted to buy a spice mix so that I didn't have to go through the hassle of making it at home. This mix didn't work for me, wasn't at all spicy and made the dish taste mostly of cinnamon and clove.
Not that great.
Posted by Dan on 15th Dec 2012
The spice mix has to much clove and is missing something. Not sure what. I think it needs cumin. This batch is not nearly as good as what I purchased several months ago.
ONE Great Combination of Spices
Posted by Lyn on 21st Jul 2012
Your "BERBERE", like any good cook's, is a fine recipe, specific to your source. Making it more like the best berbere I tasted in Addis Ababa 35 years ago, I add the following to yours (either whole spices ground, or powdered versions) : cumin, coriander, pounded black peppercorns and turmeric. The crucial spice, "ajowan seed" (in the same family as cumin) is the only spice I haven't been able to get in the U.S. Can the Great American Spice Co. find that, and sell it separately?