STREAMING NOW: Simply Nigella

Spice Paste (Berbere)

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Ethiopia Beef Stewed in Red Pepper Paste recipe calls for this blend of spice paste.”
READY IN:
40mins
YIELD:
1 batch
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a cast-iron skillet, toast the ginger, cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice over low heat.
  2. Do not burn, this should only take a minute or so.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Combine the spices, onions, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the salt, and 3 tablespoons water in a small jar of a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Combine the paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of salt in the skillet and toast over low heat for a minute or so.
  6. Stir in the water, 1/4 cup at a time.
  7. Then stir in the blended mixture.
  8. Stirring vigorously, cook over the lowest possible heat for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Transfer the berbere to a jar, packing it in tightly.
  10. Let the paste cook to room temperature, then cover with a film of oil.
  11. Store in the refrigerator between use.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a
SORT BY: