Awase - Ethopian Ketchup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is served on the side of stews and soups in Ethiopia, to up the heat quotient. Recipes for Berbere can be found on this site. From Marcus Samuelsson.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the berbere, cayenne, ginger, cardamom and salt in a small saute pan and toast over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, red wine and water. Let cool.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Most Helpful

Update- 7-28- We have used this since making it and it seems to just get better and better. This is some great 'hot sauce' that we have used on all kinds of grilled meats and even in tacos! Fantastic stuff! I am thinking of making MORE of this to give this Christmas as gifts! *Original Review* Wow! This is some tasty stuff! You would think this would be hotter than it is but it just has a wonderful flavor from all the different ingredients blending together and just a tingle of heat on the center of your tongue and a tiny bit at the side edges. I was out of ground ginger so I used fresh. I also made my own Berbere using recipe#173372. Very very nice! *Made for ZWT*

Mama's Kitchen (Hope) July 28, 2008

This was a very very spicy ketchup! But was also very nice to savor the taste before it even got to your mouth. The smell was enough to make your mouth water because you just knew how spicy it was going to be. Made for the ZWT4. Thanks :)

Island Gurl July 01, 2008

Made & reviewed for ZWT 4 - Kumquat's Kookin' Kaboodles! I made this with berber & apple vinegar. I also used fresh ground cardamom...... the finished awase is awasing - er amazing! lol :)

Um Safia June 30, 2008

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