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Berbere Marinade  


1 sm Onion  

1 ts Fenugreek seeds, optional 

2 sm Cloves garlic  

1/8 ts Ground cinnamon 

1 Inch piece fresh ginger  

1/8 ts Ground cloves 

2 ts Cracked black peppercorns  

1/8 ts Ground allspice 

1 ts Red pepper flakes  

1 tb Salt  

1/3 c Imported paprika 

1 ts Coriander seeds  

1/2 c Olive oil 

1 ts Cardamom seeds 


The Berberes are a nomadic tribe in northern Africa. Fenugreek is a 

rectangle-shaped seed with a pleasantly bitter flavor. Look for it in 

Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores. I have used this marinade with 

great success on tuna, pork tenderloin and sirloin steak. 

* Juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup) 

Finely chop onion. Mince garlic and ginger. Place onions, garlic, ginger, 

peppercorns, red pepper, coriander, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, 

allspice, salt and paprika in dry skillet and cook over medium heat 3 to 4 

minutes, or until spices are lightly roasted and fragrant. Combine roasted 

spice mixture, olive oil and lemon juice in blender and puree to smooth 

paste. Spread paste on meat and marinate overnight. WARNING: A little of 

this spicy mixture goes a long way! 

Makes enough marinade for 1 1/2 pounds tuna, pork tenderloin and sirloin 




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