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Awaze

(pronounced A-wa-zé)

Paste of hot peppers(Berbere) containing garlic, ginger, salt and other spices.

Berbere is the source of the dark red color in all the hot dishes in Ethiopia. Finely minced onions, berbere, water and seasoned butter are cooked long and slow over low heat until they become emulsified. Although red pepper is the main ingredient in berbere, its is sun dried together with almost 20 other spices and herbs before being milled extra-fine.

A higher grade of berbere is specialty seasoned to make awaze, often beaten into butter, oil and liquor to make a paste served as a side dip for meats and breads.

 

 

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