Mitmita powder

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Mitmita powder
Mitmita powder
Servings:Serves 4 as a side dish
Calories per serving:0
Ready in:35 minutes (incl cooling time)
Prep. time:30 minutes
Cook time:5 minutes
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:31st January 2013

Mitmita (or mit'mitma) is a very spicy powdered seasoning used in the Cuisine of Ethiopia. It is orange-red in colour and can contain ground African birdseye chili peppers, cardamom seeds, cloves, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, ginger powder and salt. It is used to season the raw beef dish kitfo and may also be sprinkled on ful medames and fava beans. I have search many, many cookbooks for a definitive mitmitma recipe, without much success. The two recipes below are the closest to the average find


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  • A small handful of dried bird's eye chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Dry roast the chilies and mustard seeds, taking care they don't pop everywhere.
  2. Leave to cool
  3. Grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
  4. Store in an airtight container

Alternative mit'mita recipe

Ingredient ratios


  • Dry the chillies in a very low oven or in the sun
  • Dry roast the remaining spices and allow to cool
  • Grind all the ingredients to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Store in an airtight container

Recipe review

Is this authentic?

4/5 This sure is tasty, but I'd love to know if it's authentic. Let me know, if you know. Jerry, aka Chef (talk)

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