No shame in the I-need-some-milk game! Luckily we have the perfect thing for your more ~sensitive~ palette. Afrenje offers a mild alternative to our spicy chili blends - enjoy authentic Ethiopian flavors without having to exceed your heat tolerance!
This full-bodied, hint-of-mustard, spicy staple is perfect for you, we just know it. She's an underdog. A slept-on must-have. Looking for a dip or marinade for your favorite grilled meats? Simply blend this intoxicating chili powder with a hoppy beer or red wine. Need a dry rub for a healthy salmon dinner? A handful of this sun-dried, blend of herbs and spices should do the trick!
You wanted a classic, and Berbere is as classic as classic gets. The culinary importance of this distinctive blend cannot be understated. Its peppery and mildly sweet tones capture the heart & soul of Ethiopian cooking culture. The tangy mixture is a universal seasoning for most sauces, meats, vegetables, and legumes. So many ways to use it, so little time - so get cooking!
For the adventurous, hard-working cook, we give you...Bessobela! AKA “Sacred Basil”, definitely not to be confused with everyday basil!! We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by the unusual, yet elegant tones of this little sun-dried flower. You may recognize the fragrant, fruity herb from culinary favorites like Shiro & Berbere. But get creative with it! (And then tell us about it so we can share your creative genius with the world)
For your morning brew needs, we are happy to present the products of our friends at BoonBoona Coffee in Renton, WA! Whether you prefer notes of blueberries and cacao nibs or apricot and vanilla; medium or juicy acidity; round-bodied or packed with sweetness - we’ve got you covered!
A home-brewers delight! These unique stems are indigenous to Ethiopia and act as the hops for most Ethiopian style beverages, including Tella and Tej (honey wine). Grab a couple of friends, make your own Tej, and enjoy hundreds of years of tradition and culture in this sweet, homemade elixir. Or play around by adding some of your other favorite hops and creating your own unique blend!
As promised - an unconventional morning cuppa for the discerning hot beverage connoisseur! This mildly caffeinated beverage pairs perfectly with dabo (Ethiopian bread) or your favorite afternoon dessert. Serve with hot milk to get the full Ethiopian experience right in the comfort of your home.
(No judgement, we appreciate the honesty) We get that the whole spicy spice company deal may be tricky for all y'all heat-averse folks, but we have come prepared, with Ird! The earthy, bitter root has a distinct flavor that is commonly used to enrich alicha recipes and other mild stews and sauces. Apart from its culinary uses, Ird's powerful anti-inflammatory agents have long been used for medicinal purposes, including aiding digestion & cleansing the skin.
I know for a fact you are thinking “Cardamom? That’s not super far out.” Wrong. Get ready for the spice you never knew you needed. Brundo’s black cardamom is oh so very different from common green cardamom. Minty yet smoky, earthy yet floral, with a one-of-a-kind savoriness. The versatility of our open-fire roasted Korerima can make for some creative dishes! So do it - get creative! (And then tell us about it so we can share your creative genius with the world)
Not only is Makulaya used to enhance dishes like Misser Wot, it can be used in a wide variety of ways, including in traditional pasta sauces! The combination of sun-dried, organic spices and herbs bursts with flavor while seamlessly complementing each other. It is bold and full-bodied, a fantastic addition to savory, stew dishes, and can also be used in conjunction with other spices, like Berbere!
Great choice, and now a great flavor enhancer that will complement and magnify the taste, aroma, and flavor of all your food. With the minty smokiness of black cardamom, sharpness of black pepper, and warm, earthy tones of Shai Kimem (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom), Matafecha makes a delightful addition to not only Doro Alicha but practically any meat or vegetable dish!
Traditionally, Mekelesha is added in the final stages of cooking to round out the flavors of the dish. A carefully crafted balance of savory and warm spices, it has the nutty, almost bittersweet sharpness of caraway, complemented by the presence of warm, earthy Shai Kimem (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom). So get cooking! And remember, a little spoonful is all you need to add that last punch to all your dishes!
Alright iron-mouth I see you. Think you stand the heat? Test your tolerance with our carefully crafted Mitmita (pronounced // meet-mit-ah). Toss it into your favorite pasta sauce, add it to a dry rub for grilled meats, or simply sprinkle a bit on top of any dish for that extra kick! We do recommend you proceed with caution on this one though, as it is one fiery mixture & doesn’t feel great when snorted/inhaled.
We've got you covered with our Traditional Niter Kibbeh, a highly aromatic and flavorful cooking tool that is integral for Ethiopian cooking. So throw that boring old cooking oil aside and try out our Niter Kibbeh! Our recipe involves a time-tested blend of Ethiopian butter clarifying herbs - Kosseret and Manteria -, and is sure to please even the most serious Ethiopian cooks.
Our recommendation for you is Shiro (lucky you!) - a low maintenance, versatile, & truly delicious favorite in Ethiopian cuisine. Classically savory, slightly spicy, Shiro Mitten is the perfect comfort food. It is easy to whip up while also giving you plenty of wiggle room to get creative and add extra ingredients & make it your own unique formula!