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Berberé Spice Blend | MyWeku Tastes

Berberé Spice Blend

Berberé Spice Blend

Berberé Spice Blend


October 23, 2015

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Berberé is an Ethiopian spice blend used as a flavouring base in Ethiopian cuisine. It is the centrepiece of Ethiopian dishes and is made of a mix of spices such as allspice, cloves, cardamon, fenugreek, ginger, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cumin seeds and birds eye chilli peppers.

Berberé Spice Blend


4-7 Tablespoons of African Bird's Eye chillies

2 Teaspoons grains of paradise (optional)

2 Teaspoons of ground smoked red paprika (optional)

1 Teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 Teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 Teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves or 3-4 whole cloves

1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander seeds (optional)

1/2 Teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

1/2 Teaspoon black peppercorns

1/4 Teaspoon ground turmeric

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Teaspoon grated ginger or dried ground ginger if making dry berberé


1In a small pan and over medium heat, toast the dried spices for a few minutes (3-5) ensuring to stir or shake the pan continuously to avoid the spices burning.

2Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

3Grind the toasted whole spices in a spice grinder

4Add the ground spices to the freshly ground whole spices

5Store in a tightly-sealed container.

Pan roasting the whole spices releases the spice flavours needed for the authentic berbere


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