Spiced Clarified Butter (Nit’ir Qibe)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

From “The Africa Cookbook Tastes of a Continent” by Jessica B. Harris. -Ethiopia

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the turmeric, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove by placing them in a heavy skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes, or until they are fragrant and roasted.
  2. Place the butter in a heavy saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. Do not let the butter brown. When it is completely melted, bring it to a boil and skim off all the white foam.
  3. Mix the onion, garlic, and ginger together and add the mixture to the butter, along with the toasted spices.
  4. Continue to simmer gently over low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and allow it to stand until the spices settle. Then strain the nit’ir qibe into a large container, cover, and store in a cool place.