Niter kibbeh

"You can store the spiced butter in the fridge in a sealed jar and use as desired. It's delicious over rice or couscous and great as a base for any curry dish."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
1 jar




  • Melt the butter and heat it until it foams.
  • At this point add the other ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 45 minutes.
  • Do not stir.
  • This will separate out the milk solids, leaving a clear butter mix on top.
  • Cool the mixture, strain through muslin and discard the milk solids.

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  1. Cinnamon and cloves do not belong in kibbeh. It won't taste authentic and to an Ethiopian, it will taste rather strange.


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