Basic Ethiopian Spices

 

 Ethiopian food really starts with two main ingredients.

Berbere & Niter Kibbeh

Now we have seen many recipes to try and replace these two but they just do not really work.

 

Below is a list of basic spices used in Ethiopian cuisine.

Mitmita

Description: Mitmita is very hot bend of spices used to make Kitfo, or to give any dish a good kick.

Mitten Shiro

Description: Mitten Shiro is seasoned ground chickpeas used to make a popular Ethiopian dish called Shiro.

Korerima Ground

Description: Korerima (cardamom powder), used to make Kitfo, and to flavour some of wot (stew) dishes.

Beso Bela

Description: Beso Bela is used to make Niter Kibe (Ethiopian seasoned butter) dried; which is used to make Kitfo, and to flavour almost any kind of dish.

Koseret

Description: Koseret is used to make Niter Kibe (Ethiopian seasoned butter), dried.

Mekelesha

Description: Mekelecha (Wot Kimem) is a special blend of 7 spices used to give the extra finishing flavour for most Ethiopian red wot (stew) dishes.

Paprika

Description: Paprika mixed with Berebre is used to give the extra redness to Ethiopian red stew dishes.

Alicha Kimem

Description: Alicha Kimem is a special blend of spices used to give the extra finishing flavour for most Ethiopian mild wot (stew) dishes.

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