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    Niter Kibbeh--Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    under12parsecs's Note:

    Found on The site states "Niter kibbeh — a spice-infused, clarified butter — is a ubiquitous cooking medium in Ethiopian cuisine. It adds an incomparable flavor to dishes. Plain butter or oil can be substituted in Ethiopian recipes if you don't have the time to make niter kibbeh, but something special will be missing."

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    1. 1
      Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on the lowest possible heat for about 1 hour.
    2. 2
      Pour the clear golden liquid off the top leaving all the solids in the bottom of the pan. Strain through cheesecloth if necessary. Discard solids.
    3. 3
      Store in the refrigerator or freezer and use as needed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 07, 2011


      Loved it! This was so good, I had to stop tasting it with some bread. The yellow was so bright! I also used it for many of my recipes I made for Africa (ZWT7) and the uses are endless. I agree with the turmeric giving it such a bright yellow color! Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT7

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    • on June 04, 2011


      Kicked up ghee! I used this in place of the olive oil in Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Red Lentils) and in place of the butter in Mchicha (East African Spinach and greased the pan with some for frying Injera. Useful and spicy goodness.
      Very close to my Niter Kebbeh (Spiced Ghee). Thanks. Made for ZWT 2011

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    • on May 30, 2011


      Very easy to prepare. The only tweak was fresh turmeric root which gave a very intense yellow. I made this to use in another dish Mesir Wot. Thanks for posting under12parsecs.

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    Nutritional Facts for Niter Kibbeh--Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter

    Serving Size: 1 (527 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1661.1
    Calories from Fat 1664
    Total Fat 184.9 g
    Saturated Fat 116.8 g
    Cholesterol 488.0 mg
    Sodium 35.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 1.4 g
    Protein 3.0 g

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