Berberé (Spicy Red Pepper Paste)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Rita1652

Added to my recipe for the African tour 2005.

Top Review by Whats Cooking

This is a wonderful berbere mix for Ethiopian cooking - Thanks for sharing this recipe. I've used dry berbere mixes before but never made a paste - This will make my Ethiopian cooking so much easier.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast ginger, cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice in a heavy skillet for one to two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let spices cool.
  2. Combine toasted spices, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt and the wine in a food processor or blender and process until mixture is a smooth paste. You can also pound mixture together in a large mortar & pestle.
  3. Combine paprika`s, red pepper, black pepper and the other tablespoon of salt in the heavy skillet. Toast over low heat one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir water into skillet slowly. Add the spice paste. Cook, stirring vigorously, over low heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Store berberé in a jar or crock. After it has cooled to room temperature, cover with a thin layer of oil. This layer should be replenished after each use to help preserve the spice mixture. Store in refrigerator.

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