Art & Food of Ethiopia

* mailing list *
gifts amazon * Ethiopian Berbere * Green (Unroasted) Coffee -- Ethiopian Yirgacheffe -- Whole Bean Coffee for home roasting. 1 Lb. bag * Decaf Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean * Map of Ethiopia * poster
* Master Thesis: Ethiopians in Diaspora Poll * Ethiopians in USA * Please vote!
If you are willing to partcipate in a phone interview (20 min. max.) "Ethiopians and Rastafarians," please email Esther Sellassie Antohin with the phone number and time to call. Thanks.

* Rediscover your past @ *

* Free Scholarship Money For Your Advanced Degree *

View * EthioCookBook * Sign



Part I. Ceremonies
Part II. History

Ethiop Village: Books, Music, Gifts


GeoAlaska: Acting, Directing, Theory, Shows, Books
GeoAlaska: Theatre & Film

View GuestBook Sign


FOOD * MERKATO Index * Old HS WWW: Haile Sellassie Family Web * H.I.M. Web-Biography: from Sellassie WWW pages * R&R: Rasta & Reggae, Rastafarianism, Texts, Links, News * HISTORY: History pages from Sellassie Family Web * FAMILY: Origins, Members, Generations, Tree, photos * Ethiop Village: Books, Music, Art, Gifts * References: Sellassie WWW sites * DIRECTORIES: Listing from all Sellassie sites * appendix * contents * links * list * book * new *



This is an essencial spice for authentic flavor (and heat). (I buy mine already prepared, see online orders above). Here's how to make it at home (experiment it).

You Need:

You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a cake pan, mix the spices well (be careful not to inhale).
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent scorching.
  4. Watch carefully, and stir the spices more often during the last 10 minutes.
  5. Cool and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.


Chow Categories: Mixes, Sauces * Yield: 1 cup

       1 cl Garlic; sliced
       1 ts Fresh gingerroot; grated
            -or ground ginger
     1/4 ts Caraway; ground
     1/2 ts Cardamom; ground
     1/4 ts Mustard seed; ground
     1/4 ts Avish; ground 
     1/4 ts Coriander; ground
     1/2 ts Tumeric; ground
     1/3 c  Water
     1/4 ts Fresh hot red chili
     1/4 ts Paprika
Process everything together into a smooth mixture that will be as thick as toothpaste.
Refrigerate with a jar with a tight cover.
Use when needed.
Makes 1/2 c.

... In former times, the food of the Kaffa consisted of meat, milk, and porridge made of the seeds of various bread-grain plants. Nowadays, they eat almost exclusively bread made from the roots of a banana-like tree (that same musa enset), since that is the only food stuff they can obtain after the general destruction.

This bread is prepared in the following manner: once a tree has attained four years of growth, they dig it up and strip off the leaves; then they bury the thick lower part of the trunk in the ground and leave it there for several months. After this time, it begins to rot and turn sour. Then they extract the buried tree from the ground, clean off the spoiled outer layer, and scrape and grind the part which has turned sour and soft. Then they bake it in large earthenware pans. This bread is not very nutritious. It is unsavory and has an unpleasant sour smell. If you add flour to it, then the bread is somewhat improved.

As a supplement to this food, they serve various roots, cooked in water, and also coffee, which they drink several times a day, up until and after eating. They boil coffee in earthenware vessels and pour it out into little cups made of ox horn.

The favorite drinks of the Kaffa are beer and mead. The beer is very thick and strong, but prepared without the stupefying leaves of the gesho, in only one malt. The beer is also very thick and sour.

Household utensils are the same as those of the Abyssinians -- except for earthenware jogs, which are oblong and similar to ancient Greek vessels, and are of a more beautiful form than those of the Abyssinians.

Ethiopian Spice Mixture:
1 tsp Ginger 
1/2 tsp Cardamom 
1/2 tsp Coriander 
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, ground 
1/2 tsp Nutmeg 
1/4 tsp Cloves 
1/4 tsp Cinnamon 
1/4 tsp Allspice 
2 tbl Salt 
1 1/4 cup Cayenne pepper 
1/2 cup Paprika 
1 tsp Black pepperVARIATION (a lesser amount can be 
1 tsp Ground ginger 
3 tbl Cayenne pepper 
1/4 tsp Ground cloves 
1/2 tsp Cinnamon 
All spices are measured, ground up. In heavy saucepan, toast all spices and then add salt and cayenne, paprika and black pepper. Continue shaking the pan and toasting spices 10 minutes. Cool and store in tightly covered glass container. This will keep in the refrigerator for 6 months. Combine spices. This will make 3 tablespoons in quantity.
@2001-2004 sellassie www * Next: Wot *
Quotes & Thoughts:
HIM photo-archives:
another version:

1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons salt
2 cup paprika
2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 cup water
In a cast-iron skillet, toast the ginger, cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice over low heat. Do not burn; this should only take a minute or so. Set aside to cool. Combine the spices, onions, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the salt, and 3 tablespoons water in a small jar of a blender and blend until smooth.

Combine the paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of salt in the skillet and toast over low heat for a minute or so. Stir in the water, 1/4 cup at a time. Then stir in the blended mixture. Stirring vigorously, cook over the lowest possible heat for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer the berbere to a jar, packing it in tightly. Let the paste cook to room temperature, then cover with a film of oil. Store in the refrigerator between use.

Berbere, Hot Spice Mixture (Dry)
Categories: Sauces * Yield: 8 servings
       2 ts Cumin seeds
       4    Cloves
     3/4 ts Cardamom seeds
     1/2 ts Black peppercorns
     1/4 ts Whole allspice
       1 ts Fenugreek seeds
     1/2 ts Coriander seeds
       8    Small dried red chiles
     1/2 ts Grated fresh gingerroot
            - 1 teaspoon dried
     1/4 ts Tumeric
       1 ts Salt
   2 1/2 tb Sweet Hungarian paprika
     1/8 ts Cinnamon
     1/8 ts Ground cloves
In a small frying pan, on medium low heat, toast the cumin, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, allspice, fenugreek, and coriander for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the pan and cool for 5 minutes.

Discard the stems from the chiles. In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, finely grind together the toasted spices and the chiles. Mix in the remaining ingredients.

Store Berbere refrigerated in a well sealed jar or a tightly closed plastic bag.