berbere #1

Categories
Condiments
Herb/spices
Ethiopia
Africa
Update
Yield
3 Servings
MeasureIngredient
10 eaches Dried red chiles
½ teaspoon Coriander seeds
5 eaches Cloves
  Seeds from 6 green cardamom pods
¼ teaspoon Ajowan seeds
8 eaches Allspice berries
½ teaspoon Black peppercorns
½ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  A small piece of cinnamon
½ teaspoon Ground ginger

METHOD

Heat a heavy frying pan (without oil) and put in the chilies and other whole spices after 2-3 minutes. Dry roast over a medium heat until they darken, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Leave the spices to cool, then remove and discard the seeds from the chilies and crumble the chilies into the mixture. Grind everything, including the ginger, to a fine powder, and store in an airtight container for up to four months. Most of these spices can be found at an Indian or Middle Eastern market; hopefully there is one near you. The best way to grind those spices is with a coffee grinder. If you don't have one of those handy, using a blender set on "liquify" works pretty well too. I have tried grinding a batch of garam masala with a mortar and pestle, and I had to give up and resort to a blender because it would have taken me hours otherwise. Good luck with your Ethiopian cooking ++ maybe you could see fit to post some of those recipes?? :^). Berbere is rather like Indian masala ++ a complex blend of spices made

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