Along with niter kibbeh (spiced butter), berbere provides the flavor that is uniquely Ethiopian. Fragrant and spicy, it is used on meat, poultry and vegetables. We use it in our Red Lentils (Misr Wat), Chicken Stew (Doro Wat) and Braised Beef with Peppers (Zilzil Tibs) recipes.
3. Grind the toasted spices in a spice grinder to a fine powder. Add to the chile powder mixture and whisk to combine. Sift the spice mixture onto a piece of parchment paper, return to the bowl and whisk again. Return the pieces left in the sifter to the spice grinder and grind again as finely as possible; whisk into the spice mixture. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.