Ethiopian berbere spice blend or spice mix is genuinely authentic easy to make. This spice blend berbere recipe is can make delicious food and It’s a slightly hot combination of warm spices. With the homemade berbere spice mix, you can make variations Ethiopian and African recipes as like served in authentic African and Ethiopian restaurant.
What are the Must Have Ingredients of the Ethiopian spice Mix Berbere Recipe?
The most important and common ingredients of berbere mixes include dried chilies, garlic, ginger, Ethiopian cardamom, and salt. Apart from that, you can add additional spices also to uplift the flavor and aroma. I prone to adhere to this formula and seldom add any additional spices. Hence the come out is my spice blend recipe. It is hot, spicy and has a splendid aroma.
Hotness is the identity of most Ethiopian cuisine and this Berbere spice blend is a basic ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine which serves the purpose. There are different versions of this spice blend people use in Ethiopian cuisine. This spice mix is a combination of whole spices and ground spices. The best part of this spice blend is that all the spices are easily available in the market.
Though different versions are used for this spice blend, there are Some basic spices which are common to all variations. Hence you will get the same hotness, aroma, flavor and a very bright red color almost in all versions. Some versions comprise less popular spices like nigella seeds and “KORARIMA” which grow wild in Ethiopia. This spice blend is a perfect seasoning for meat, fish, stews, soups, grains, and vegetables. Therefore it is very popular as an all-purpose seasoning spice blend.
How Important is this Berbere Spice Blend/Mix In African & Ethiopian Cuisine?
This spice blend is very popular and a base ingredient in almost every African dishes. I prepared the famous Ethiopian Doro Wat by using this spice blend. Though it’s a tedious job. But the best way to make this Berbere spice blend is to use whole spices along with some ground spices. Thus you will get the utmost flavor out of the spices.
But If you don’t have time you can use the powder form of the spices with a little compromise with the taste. I tried to make it from scratch at my best to retain a fresh flavor. want to mention that several spices are needed for this blend. But as I already mentioned that all these spices are very commonly used in different cuisine, it is not difficult to make them available.
Actually, if you are fond of global food particularly African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Jamaican and Mexican. Believe me, you have to use all these spices for numerous time and will end up with no wastage. But not to forget that you must store your spices in the airtight glass container, instead of the plastic container and keep in a dark and dry place to use them in a long run.
Why I make This Awesome Flavourful Spice mix Recipe?
Many may presume that making this authentic berbere spice blend at home is a difficult task. But I assure you that it is very easy to make. This spice mix or blend at home because only to get the authentic taste.
You can’t get the authentic spice taste from any ready to use spice mix available in the market. I made it maintain the genuine taste and flavor of the Ethiopian recipes. Also, these Spices are very easily available in the Indian Grocery store/ Local market and as well as in Indian Super Markets. Also, note that the ingredient “all-spice” is available in the Indian market as “kabab Chini” which I used in my recipe. By following my way you are entitled to make an authentic Ethiopian dish at your own very easily.
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- 1 Tsp/5 Grams Whole Cumin seeds
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams whole coriander seeds
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams Dried Onion Flakes
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams Whole cloves
- 1 Inch long stick Cassia bark or cinnamon stick
- 2 Big Black cardamoms pod If you Don't find Ethiopian Korarima(Ethiopian Cardamom) Just use Black Cardamom
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams Ground Dried Ginger
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams whole Fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 Tsp/2.5 Grams Whole Carom Seeds(Ajwain)
- 1 Tsp/5 Grams Ground Dried Garlic
- 1/2 Tsp/2.5 Grams whole All spice (Kababchini)
- 1 Tsp (5 Grams) of Whole or Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup/170 g/6 oz Hot Mexican chilli Powder If you don't find Mexican chilli Just use Indian Deghi Mirch Powder as a substitute
- 1/3 Cup/43 g/1.5 oz Sweet NON Smoked Paprika Powder If you don't find Sweet NON Smoked Paprika Powder Just use Indian Kashmiri Red chilli Powder as a substitute
- 1/4 Cup/32 g/1.13 oz Cyan pepper
- 1 Tbsp/14.3 grams Sea Salt
- Take a Clean dry Blanding jar or Coffie Grinder put all the Ingredients into It.
- close the lid of the jar. Shake the jar well to mix all the Ingredients Properly.
- Then Blend all the things until all the spices geta find ground or powder kind of texture. Once it has done your own homemade Berbere spice bled/Mix is ready to use.
- After then immediately store the spice powder to an Airtight glass container. Use this very Aromatic and Flavoursome spice powder In your African and Ethiopian recipes.
Always store this spice blend to an Airtight glass container. Do not store any freshly ground spice blends in a plastic jar then all the aroma will be cone so fast. And you will not get the proper flavour from the Spice Blend. And do not to refrigerate the spice blends.
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4 thoughts on “Berbere Recipe Ethiopian Spice Blend Easy and Authentic Recipe”
I am glad that I finally have this seasoning recipe so that I might create the Ethiopian dishes I love. p.s. Considering the ingrediants, why would anybody put this on toast??
Thanks to comment here Shia. I used chilli powder here because of Mexican chillis are unavailable in most Asian grocery stores or they are a branded product and expensive. I always try to do experiments with International recipes. I try to make them simple for everyone so that anyone can make it easily at home without changing its tastes. I always taste the recipe after when only I feel the recipe taste similar to the original, then only I publish it on mine blog. I believe a recipe can be perfect only when everyone can make this easily at home and get the full original flavour from it. So don’t worry about its taste just make it in my way. I am sure you will love it and will get a best quality homemade Berbere spice. And If you have any more queries you can comment me any time I will answer you.
This is an interesting take on Berbere. Are you sure you’re using Mexican Chili Powder instead of ground Mexican Chilies? Because Chili Powder is a spice that’s used for Tacos. I have seen some videos of people using Ground Mexican Chilies but not Chili Powder.