Berbere (Ethiopian Spice)


For those of you who have difficulty locating berbere in your local grocery store, this recipe is a good substitute that is easy to make. Note that it is quite spicy, so use to taste. This spice combination is used in many Ethiopian dishes including doro wat, an Ethiopian chicken dish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
24 servings


  • 1 cup red chili powder

  • ½ cup paprika

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Mix chili powder, paprika, salt, fenugreek, ginger, onion powder, coriander, cardamom, garlic powder, cloves, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Cook's Notes:

Berbere should keep in the refrigerator for about 3 months if kept in an airtight container.

Finely grind any spices (cloves, fenugreek, etc.) using a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

25 Calories
1g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 160mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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