I have always wanted to try Berbere spices in my food. I decided it was time. I did some research as to what spices went into Berbere Spice and adjusted them a bit for my tastes. For example, it normally has ground dried chilies. I used ground chipotle. I just couldn’t resist the smokiness that it adds.
Berbere spice is a north African spice blend used often in Ethiopian cooking. From my research, making Berbere spice in north Africa is a major production with peppers being dried and ground from scratch.
Let me apologize to everyone from that area of the world. This is just my poor attempt at reproducing your wonderful spice blend.
I started by grinding the fenugreek seeds in a coffee grinder.
Then, I just mixed all the ingredients together.
Remember to store it in a customized personally decorated air tight container.
This is an amazing spice blend. I will warn you that it has a lot of heat if you are not into very spicy blends but it is also full of complexity and great flavour notes. It would be great in stir fries, soups, stews and on roasted and smoked meats. You will be seeing it in more of my posts.
The Old Fat Guy
- 5 ml (1 teaspoon) fenugreek seeds
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) ground chipotle (can substitute ground chili peppers)
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) paprika
- 25 ml (2 tablespoons) kosher salt
- 10 ml (2 teaspoons) ground ginger
- 10 ml (2 teaspoons) onion powder
- 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground nutmeg
- 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cardamom
- 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground coriander
- 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) garlic powder
- 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) cloves
- 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) cinnamon
- 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) ground allspice
- Grind fenugreek in a coffee grinder.
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Store in a sealed container.