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Berbere Seasoning

Berbere Seasoning is a spice blend used in nearly every Ethiopian recipe, it is spicy and you can make it yourself.

Course Seasoning
Cuisine Eritirean, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Ethiopian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 303 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 4 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 10 dried red chilies seeds removed (Thai chilies work great)
  • 6 Tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric


  1. In a cast iron skillet, toast the whole spices and chilies (the first nine ingredients) over high heat, shake the pan to prevent burning.
  2. Toast until fragrant, just a couple minutes or so.
  3. Transfer to a bowl to cool
  4. Put the whole spices into a spice grinder and grind to a powder
  5. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Keep in an airtight container
Nutrition Facts
Berbere Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 4706mg205%
Potassium 1629mg47%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 29g121%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 21091IU422%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 20mg111%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.