Spice blend crucial for Ethiopian cuisine


This recipe is lifted from my spouse. I have no idea where my spouse sourced it and so I can’t speak to its authenticity. 

Berbere is the staple spice mix necessary for Ethiopian cuisine. You can probably get everything but the fenugreek at a regular grocery.  

You can possibly find this blend at a good spice shop (like Penzey’s) or a good ethnic store.

This recipe makes about enough for one meal if you make all the stuff. 


Makes about 1 cup spice mix


  • 1/2 cup ground dried chiles
    (New Mexico or whatever you can get or even standard chili powder in a pinch)
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice


  1. Grind fenugreek seeds. 
  2. Mix with remaining spices. Store in airtight container.

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