African spice blends - Berbere
African cuisine prefers spicy dishes, and this is how berbere came into life, a mixture of spices that they use in many African dishes. They use it to flavor meat, chicken, and baked fish. By the way, you pronounce the name bari-baray.
Berbere is a hot and aromatic spice blend. Every African family has its recipe, sometimes pungent and sometimes even burning hot, that varies from family to family. So, unfortunately, there is no traditional recipe for this wonderfully hot spice mixture except for some essential ingredients that should not be missing, such as cayenne pepper, ginger, coriander, allspice, and cloves. Please keep it as an African family with our spice mixtures and preparations, add more Habanero chili, if it is not spicy enough for you, try it out. We want you to enjoy cooking. Trying and experimenting are one of them.
Berbere spices many dishes in African cuisine, but is a must for the preparation of the typical lentil stew called Wat. For this, onions and garlic are first steamed and flavored with this spice mixture, then cooked with tomatoes until they crumble, and at the end, the lentils are added and simmer gently until tender. If necessary, everything is flavored again with cardamom, salt, and pepper.
With Berbere, you can also make a marinade for grilled meat, put one teaspoon in a little oil, and brush your cooked food with it.
Ingredients: nutmeg fenugreek, coriander, cardamom, allspice, pepper, cumin, cayenne, ginger, cloves
May contain traces of celery and mustard.
How do you make Berbere spice?
Would you like to make Berbere yourself? Here you will find a recipe for approx. 50 gr
- Ten chili pods Bird Eyes
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Eight green cardamom capsules
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp black pepper Orlando idea
- 1 tsp fenugreek ground
- 1 tsp coriander
- Eight carnations
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp ajowan
- 1/3 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Two tablespoons of fine Kalahari salt
1. Put all the whole spices in a pan and roast the spices without adding fat until they change color slightly and exude a delicious fragrance.
2. Open the cardamom capsules and take the seeds.
3. Grind the spices in a small coffee grinder.
4. Mix in the remaining ingredients.