Berbere Spice Mix


Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral part of  Ethiopian cuisine.  It's full of flavors..  Every Ethiopian cook has their own version of this blend.  Some versions include lesser known spices like nigella seeds, ajwain, and korarima, a spice that grows wild in Ethiopia but , there are several key spices that are common to all .  It's fantastic as a rub for meat, poultry and fish, a seasoning for stews, soup and vegetables.  Berbere is a wonderful all-purpose seasoning.

The version that I have created is full on flavors but not very spicy as I cannot tolerate heat. You can increase the quantity of while chilly to make it fiery.


Coriander Seeds 2 tsp

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Fenugreek Seeds 1/2 tsp

Black Peppercorns 1/2 tsp

Cloves 4

Green Cardamom 4

Red Chili whole 2

Onion Powder 1 tsp

Ginger Powder 1 tsp

Garlic Powder 1 tsp

Paprika Powder  1 tsp

Cinnamon Powder 1/2 tsp

Salt 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp

Nutmeg grated 4 pinch


  1. Dry roast all the whole spices on low heat until they are aromatic.

  2. Let them cool completely.

  3. Now grind them to a fine powder.

  4. Mix in the powder spices mentioned under ingredients.

  5. Store in an airtight glass bottle.


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