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Berbere Seasoning

One of our favorite dishes enjoyed at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen was Miser.  Red lentils stewed in a rich spicy berbere sauce with onion, garlic, and ginger.  I set out to recreate this warm and flavorful dish from the ground up.

Here is my version of the Berbere spice blend (pronounced burr-burr-ee and meaning “hot”).  I slightly adapted this recipe from Epicurious according to the spices I had on hand and reduced it by half.

Berbere {Ethiopian Spice Mix}
  • 2 Tbl. Peri Peri or ground Serrano pepper
  • 4 Tbl. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. ground fenugreek seed or yellow mustard
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch clove
  • pinch garlic powder
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch allspice
  1. Combine all spices and store in an air tight container.


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