Spiced Butter (Niter Kebbeh)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins


Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter slowly over medium heat; do not let it brown.
  2. Then bring butter to a boil.
  3. Stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered and undisturbed for 45 minutes.
  5. Milk solids on the bottom of the pan should be golden brown, and the butter on top will be transparent.
  6. Slowly pour the clear liquid into a bowl, straining through cheesecloth.
  7. It is important that no solids are left in the niter kebbeh.
  8. Transfer the kebbeh into a jar.
  9. Cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe to go with Recipe #173373 while travelling in Africa on ZWT4 with the Babes. It has a wonderful spicy flavor and now I wish I'd made more than the 1/4 recipe I made. Thanks for such a totally authentic recipe!

sassafrasnanc June 29, 2008

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