Ethiopian Berbere Spice Mixture

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Berbere is an aromatic Ethiopian spice mixture used in stews called wats and for coating foods prior to frying. The mixture is similar to an Indian garam masala.  Most of these ingredients you can find in your local well-stocked grocery store. A less common spice, ajwain is typically found in an Indian market.  You can substitute equal amounts dried thyme leaves.
Recipe By: The Complete Book of Spices
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  • ServesAbout 1/2 cup



Heat a heavy frying pan 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 the seeds from the chilies and crumble them. Grind everything, including the ginger, to a fine powder, and store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
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