I have been experimenting with new spice blends and I wanted to share my take on berbere spice. It is an Ethiopian spice blend with a combination of spices: sweet paprika, cayenne powder, fenugreek, coriander, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and turmeric, black pepper, and salt.
This seasoning creates a warming and flavorful dish! The lentils cook in the spiced tomato sauce making this an easy 1-pan recipe, plus the clean-up is minimal. To add some balance and sweetness, stuff the berbere-spiced lentils in a baked sweet potato and top with fresh parsley before serving. I added my homemade tahini dressing for extra flavor, but this is optional.
The sweet potatoes can bake in the oven while you cook the sauce, making it a super convenient and healthy entreé for those busy nights! In this recipe, 2 teaspoons of the berbere seasoning leave subtle notes of smokiness and spice; perfect for anyone who is willing to try something new. If you want a spicier dish, I recommend adding a teaspoon at a time. I hope you all love this dish; it’s super flavorful and quick to make. Enjoy! ♥