Berbere Spice Blend

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Berbere Spice Blend is used as a seasoning in Ethiopian cuisine. It adds warmth and depth to fish, chicken and stews. I also love adding berbere spice to burgers, soups, tacos or in dips with olive oil and lemon juice.

Berbere represents a blend of cultural and geographic influences from the spices of India to the chile peppers of the New World. My version of this spice mix has hot peppers, black pepper, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.

Check out my Spicy lentil stew{Misr Wat} recipe using homemade berbere spice blend.

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berbere spice blend
Berbere Spice Blend
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Ethiopian spice mix
Course: Spice Blend
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander
  • 1 teaspoon whole fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Lightly roast coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow to cool and then grind.
  2. Mix with rest of the spices and keep in an airtight container.
  3. Makes about 4 tablespoon of spice mix.

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