Recipe courtesy of Hawa Hassan


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1/2 cup
Berbere is the primary spice mix from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Every region and family makes their own version, but they're all a great balance of warmth and spice. This version, made with toasted ground spices rather than whole, comes together very quickly and will keep in your pantry for several months. Use it as a spice rub or as a base for soups and stews.



  1. Combine all the spices in a small skillet. Toast over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Let cool completely. This spice blend will keep, tightly sealed, in your pantry for several months. For longer storage, keep in the freezer.