Authentic tasting Berbere Spice Blend can be easily made at home using spices you already have in your pantry. The flavor-bursting Berbere seasoning not only makes the best Ethiopian dishes, but you will want to sprinkle it on everything!
What is Berbere Spice
The Berbere spice mix recipe is made using chilies and whole spices. It is an essential seasoning in Ethiopian recipes. Berbere represents a blend of cultural and geographic influences from the spices of India to the chile peppers of the New World. It adds warmth and depth to fish, chicken, and stews.
When I first started making Ethiopian dishes at home, it was hard to find a good quality Berbere spice mix. An integral part of Ethiopian cuisine this spice blend not only adds heat to the food but flavor as well. And I know from making homemade Garam Masala, how important it is to have good quality spices.
So I researched and tried a few combinations of spices to get the same flavor profile I know from eating in Ethiopian restaurants. I was happy to develop a recipe using some of the spices I already had in my pantry.
Here are the spices I use to make my version of the Berbere Spice Mix:
- cayenne pepper
- black pepper
- coriander seeds
- fenugreek seeds
- dry ginger
I love adding Berbere spice to burgers, soups, tacos, or in dips with olive oil and lemon juice. I've even sprinkled it over sweet chunks of pineapple or watermelon for a fiery kick!
I truly believe that nothing beats the taste of homemade spice mixes. They add authentic flavors and aromas and also last longer than store-bought varieties.
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Also, check out this article on the essential Indian Spices that include my favorite spices I like to stock up on!
Berbere Spice Blend
- Lightly roast coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow to cool and then grind.
- Mix with rest of the spices and keep in an airtight container.
- Makes about 4 tablespoon of spice mix.