Berbere is a quintessential Ethiopian spice mix.It reminds me of a blend of Indian curry powder with a hint of slightly exotic “garam masala”,i have been accustomed to using.It is a basis of Ethiopian cooking.I believe you can buy it premixed.I didn’t had that choice when i wanted to use it,so i ended up making my own.I pretty much had most of the spices it requires in my pantry.
- I didn’t had dry ginger powder,so i grated ginger from my freezer as i was cooking.
- I also added bit of ground mace,outer covering of nutmeg,to make up for allspice that i was out of.
- Berbere is SPICY.We don’t handle hot chili in my family all too well,so i added only couple of flakes of dry chili flakes and some white peppercorns,in addition to the black peppercorn.
- Ground spices such as nutmeg,mace,paprika,turmeric,cinnamon were added in the end after grinding the whole spices.