Berbere (Ethiopian spice mix)

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This is a flavorful, aromatic Ethiopian spice blend with earthy and slight sweet flavoring. It’s described to be hot and spicy. Commonly used in lentil dishes like Miri Wot (Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew). Consider using it to jazz up cabbage and potato dishes, cauliflower steak, and tofu.

Yield: about 5 tablespoons


  • 3 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves


Mix well and store in an airtight container.