Berbere - African Seasoning

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Berbere African spice preparation - Seasoning Buy on line in our Spice Shop

Berbere is an African spice blend and the basis of the Ethiopian cuisine. It comes exactly from the Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. There is no single recipe for this spice blend, but it is based on the following spices: cayenne, ginger, cloves, coriander and allspice.

African Spice Blends - Berbere

The African cuisine prefers hot and spicy food. This is how Berbere was developed, a spice mixture that is used in many African dishes. Not only meat, but also chicken and baked fish are seasoned with it. Incidentally, the name is pronounced bari-baray.

Berbere is a hot & spicy spice preparation. Each African family has their own Berbere recipe, sometimes mild and sometimes really hot, that varies from family to family. Thus, there is no traditional recipe for this wonderfully spicy spice mixture, except some basic ingredients that should not be missing: cayenne pepper, ginger, coriander, allspice and cloves. Please keep it like an African family with our spice blends and preparations, add more chili when desired, if it's not hot enough, try them out and add whatever other spice you feel like. We want cooking to be fun for you. Try and experiment with it.

Culinary use

Berbere seasons many dishes in the African kitchen, but is a must for the preparation of the typical lentil stew called Wat. For this, first onions and garlic are steamed and flavored with our seasoning Berbere, then cooked with tomatoes for 30 minutes and at the end the lentils are added and simmered lightly until tender. If necessary, everything is again seasoned with cardamom, salt and pepper.

Here is a recipe from Wat

With Berbere you can also make a marinade for grilled meat, pour 1 teaspoon of the spice blend in some oil and spread it on your food before gilled.

Ingredients from Orlandosidee®

Ingredients: nutmeg fenugreek, coriander, cardamom, allspice, pepper, cumin, cayenne, ginger, cloves, salt (11%)

May contain traces of celery and mustard.

Make Berbere yourself

Would you like to produce berbere yourself? Here I give you recipe for about 50 gr of Berbere

  • 10 chili pods bird eyes
  • 8 green cardamom capsules
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon bockhorn clover ground
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp black pepper Orlandosidee®
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ajowan
  • 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 2 El Kalahari salt fine

1. Put all the spices in a pan and roast the spices without adding any fat, until they are slightly discolored and give off a delicious scent.

2.Open the cardamom capsules and remove the capsules.

3. Grind the spices in a small coffee grinder

4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well

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