The Spice Tin - Ethiopian Berbere, 1 oz

By: The Spice Tin  09-12-2011
Keywords: Salt

Berbere is an authentic Ethiopian Spice Blend, traditionally used wat stew as well as in anything from baked fish dishes to chicken and Lamb stews.


ajwan seeds, allspice, black pepper, chili powder, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, nutmeg, paprika, salt and turmeric.

Be creative with this one -- it goes well with everything.  Try it on an omelette!

MISOR WAT (Spicy lentil stew)

2 cups red lentils

1 tsp. salt

1 red onion, diced

¾ tsp. ground caraway

½ cup berbere

4 cloves of garlic, minced

¾ cup oil

1 tsp. coriander powder

Kettle of hot water

Cook onion with oil over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Add hot water (about 2 tablespoons) after the first 10 minutes to prevent browning of onions. Continue cooking onions for another 20 minutes, adding hot water every 5 minutes and stirring occasionally.    Add salt, berbere, and more water, lower to medium low heat.   Add garlic and caraway, continue simmering and adding hot water as needed to prevent the mixture from thickening and sticking.

Next, wash lentils until the rinse water is clear.  Cover lentils with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil.  Drain lentils and add to onion mixture with 1 cup of water.  Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to lightly cover lentils.   Add coriander and cook about 20 minutes.   Cover lentils, turn off heat and let rest on burner for 10 minutes before serving.  

Keywords: Salt

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