— SUITABLE FOR PURE VEGETARIAN FOOD —
ethiopian spice —berbere (Berbere means ‘hot’ in Amharic), is a chili-spice blend essential to many Ethiopian dishes. It is the most popular spice used in Ethiopia. Berbere is used in the preparation vegetables, lentils, meats and stews.
Red Chili, Himalayan Salt, Ginger, Onion, Cardamom, Coriander Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Nutmeg, Garlic, Cinnamon, and Clove.
It depends on how spicy the dish requires to be. It may also be used in two parts during the cooking process, in the beginning for flavor and in the end for aroma.
12 months from date of packaging
THIS PRODUCT IS PACKED IN PET JARS WITH TIGHT LID: Always store in a cool dry place – Away from sunlight and heat – Keep lid tightly closed after use – Don’t expose jar to temperature over 65° C.
1 cup Red Lentil/Pink Lentil/Masoor dal
Wash the lentils keep soaked for 30 minutes. Drain off water and keep aside.
Heat 4 Tbs butter (unsalted*) in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 100g onion (chopped fine) and fry till golden brown. Add 4 garlic cloves (chopped fine) and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the lentils, 1 Tbs ethiopian spice—berbere, 100g tomato (chopped), and 4 cup water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep cooking until the consistency is thick. Stir in 1 Tbs ethiopian spice—berbere and add salt (to taste). Serve hot immediately.
* Ethiopians would use NIT’R QIBE (Ethiopian Spiced Butter), so the unsalted butter is the closest alternatively. For those who can’t access NIT’R QIBE the following is how to prepare it at home
Unsalted Butter | 1⁄4 kg
Black Cardamom seed powder | 1⁄4 tsp
Fenugreek seed powder | 1⁄4 tsp
Nigella seed powder | 1⁄4 tsp
Heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat, skim the foam off the surface as it forms. Continue removing the foam until the butter is completely clear in about 30 minutes. Strain the butter through a fine sieve over a bowl. Add to the bowl the cardamom, fenugreek, and nigella powders and mix well. Cool and transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator.
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