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Niter Kibbeh Recipe

Niter Kibbeh Recipe

Recipe by ethiopianfoodguideCourse: Base IngredientCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Intermediate

Niter Kibbeh is one of the most essential ingredients in almost all authentic Ethiopian foods. And while it is readily available for sale, it is a lot of fun making your own!


  • 1 lb butter, unsalted

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tbsp ginger, chopped

  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds

  • ½ tsp turmeric

  • 6 black cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • 1 tsp whole allspice berries

  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Start by melting the butter using a small-sized saucepan at medium-low heat occasionally swirling it around.
  • Add the onions, garlic, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, cardamoms, allspice berries, and oregano; and simmer for approx. 30 minutes until the butter clears and milk solids go to the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Then, lower the heat so that the butter doesn’t boil too quick or burn.
  • Line a strainer using a dampened clean cheesecloth. And then remove the foam that is on top of the butter.
  • Finally, ladle the butter using the strainer, which leaves the milk solids that were at the bottom of the saucepan. You now have your Niter Kibbeh!

Ingredients And Equipment

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