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Makes: Makes about 3/4 cup

Berbere, the highly aromatic and extremely hot national spice mixture of Ethiopia, is a blend of Arabic and Indian flavors and has a coarse, earthy texture. It seasons Ethiopian stews called wats, meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables.


  1. 1In a dry skillet, toast 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds, 2 teaspoons ajwain seeds, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, and 6 to 8 allspice berries until the spices are fragrant and lightly browned. Cool, then grind coarsely. Mix with 1 tablespoon fine sea salt, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 2 crushed bird’s-eye chiles.
  • Berbere

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