Awaze, Ethiopian Spice Paste

Think hot sauce. Awaze is the Ethiopian version of hot sauce, but more like a paste. I’ve seen different styles of preparation with fresh red chilies and fresh green chilies but most common is the red paste that is also sold in most Ethiopian grocery stores. If you’ve got berebere, you can easily make your own Awaze. Tinker with the proportions until you have a consistency to your liking somewhere between thick and thin. You can use awaze on everything as seasoning. It stores well in the refrigerator for up to two months.


100 gram   berebere powder

200 ml       white wine or t’ej

100 ml       sunflower oil

Sprinkle of water to thin it out