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    Total Time:

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    30 mins

    25 mins

    5 mins

    Chabear01's Note:

    This is from the Congo Cookbook and states: Berbere is an Ethiopian spice mixture that is the flavoring foundation of Ethiopian cuisine, a basic ingredient in Dabo Kolo, Doro Wat, and many other dishes. A milder berbere can be made by substituting paprika for some or most of the red pepper. Berbere is sometimes made as a dry spice mix, and is sometimes made with oil or water to form a paste. Starting with whole spices, the various nuts and seeds and dried red chile peppers, then pan-roasting, grinding, and mixing them will produce the most authentic berbere. However, perfectly satisfactory results can be obtained using already ground or powdered spices. Red wine seems to be a non-Ethiopian addition, but it works well. Yield and prep time is estimated.

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    1. 1
      In a heavy skillet over medium heat, toast the dried spices for a few minutes - stirring or shaking the skillet continuously to avoid scorching.
    2. 2
      Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. 3
      If making dry berbere powder: grind the mixture in a spice grinder or blender, or use a mortar and pestle.
    4. 4
      Store the berbere powder in a tightly-sealed container.
    5. 5
      If making a berbere paste: combine the toasted spices with the fresh ginger, onions or shallots, garlic, and oil (water, or wine).
    6. 6
      Grind together in a blender or with a mortar and pestle.
    7. 7
      Store the berbere paste in a tightly-sealed container.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 01, 2008


      I used this spice mix in Beef Stewed in Red Pepper Paste. It gave it just the right touch. Thanks

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    Nutritional Facts for Berbere

    Serving Size: 1 (129 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1148.3
    Calories from Fat 1056
    Total Fat 117.4 g
    Saturated Fat 15.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 13975.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 15.4 g
    Sugars 4.5 g
    Protein 7.6 g

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