Alternate Spellings: Berber, Berebere

Cuisine: Ethiopian

Recipe Type: Spice

Average User Rating: 1.06 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan

This spice blend is used to season a wide range of Ethiopian dishes.


4 TB dried New Mexico chilies (or cayenne, if you prefer hotter)
2 TB paprika
1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. garlic granules
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cardamom, ground
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon, ground


Toast chilies in a pan over medium heat until starting to blacken, careful not to burn. Let cool and remove stems and seeds. Toast fenugreek, pepper, and coriander in pan until fragrant, combine with chilies and remaining ingredients and grind to a powder.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: n/a

Servings: 1/2 cup

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This is a pretty good recipe for Berbere. However, authentic Berbere takes several days to make and the peppers are sun-dried. I give you props for attempting berbere because my mother (I am Ethiopian) has never even tried it and she is an awesome cook. I would recommend cooking Ethiopian dishes with imported berbere if possible. Thanks for posting !

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Mya
2:58 pm

Vegetarian Berbere Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.06 / 5 - 1 Ratings, 1 Reviews