Berbere Spice - Add the Mouthwatering Aromas
and Fab Flavours of Africa to Your Home Cooking

Make your own berbere spice mix and you can enjoy the superb flavours from the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea in particular. This is a complex seasoning that works perfectly with your meaty home cooking: stews, casseroles, soups, stocks and lentil and bean dishes and the like. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 11-12 tablespoons)

4 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp white peppercorns (or black)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp green cardamom pods 
4 tsp ajwain seeds

4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp allspice berries
3 inch piece cassia cinnamon (or other cinnamon variety)
10 cloves

15-20 curry leaves (optional)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon pieces along with the cardamom, allspice, cloves, fenugreek, ajwain, peppercorns, cumin and coriander seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the turmeric, paprika, chili, ginger and garlic powders. Thoroughly combine
  • Finally and, if using, crumble in the curry leaves and stir again

Store your Ethiopian berbere blend in a cool place, in a cool place in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before rustling up a fresh amount.

Tips For When You Don't Have All the Whole Ingredients...

Homemade berbere spiceEthiopian Berbere

Ingredient Note: If you have them to hand, use as many whole ingredients as possible for this berbere spice recipe. If you don't have them available, simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So if it says 4 tablespoons of whole coriander seeds you would use 2 tablespoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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