Ethiopian spice mix recipe



  • pipper12 red chillies peeled and seeded
  • 8 cloves
  • 8 berries of cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • Half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ajowan seeds
  • 1 teaspoon allspice grains
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Half teaspoon nutmeg


  • Mix all ingredients except nutmeg and ground ginger.
  • Slightly tast the mix in the pan, over medium- low fire for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir constantly. When the seeds have been roasted, remove from heat.
  • Remove the outer shell of cardamom seeds. Only use the black and aromatic seeds found inside. Discard the berry.
  • Add half a teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon ginger.
  •  This seasoning is ideal for creamed vegetables, tofu, seitan, fish and vegetables.


Each spice has different medicinal properties:

  • Black pepper and generally spicy seasoning to stimulate stomach secretions, promoting digestion of food.
  • Cumin is also a digestive spice, like other Umbelliferae such as fennel, dill or anise.
  • Turmeric protects the mucous membranes of the stomach and contains active ingredients beneficial for the liver.
  • Cardamom prevents bad breath, it is expectorant and aphrodisiac.
  • Fenugreek is hypoglycemic and prevents glucose spikes after meals. It can also help lower cholesterol, treat menstrual pain and even increase bust size. * More information: Fenugreek for women.

The spice blends are a cultural heritage, a very important nutrient for all civilizations, in spite of being less valued nowadays. These fragrant spices have written the history of the modern world, through the Spice Route and the discovery of America (or New World). During the Middle Ages in Europe, spices were so important as to be considered money to pay taxes.

Currently, the amazing aromas that these spices can bring go unnoticed in societies where fast -food is so well established. However, these little ingredients provide a great aroma to our dishes as well as nutritional and medicinal virtues:

From a nutritional point of view, all the spices are rich in antioxidant and aromatic anticancer substances. We let you enjoy natural foods and discover new flavor combinations that will broaden your culinary horizons.

punto rojoMore information on fenugreek recipes.

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

25 December, 2022

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