Amaze with this Awaze Recipe

¼ cup berries

½ tablespoon ground black cardamom

⅛ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons of red wine

3 tablespoons of warm water


Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth consistency.

Yield: About ½ cup Ethiopian chili sauce


A more traditional recipe uses tej (honey wine) as the alcoholic liquid or areka (a strong alcoholic drink similar to gin). I only impress with red wine, but you could also try white wine or one of these other stronger substitutes.


Store your Awaze chili sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.


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Something about me

Are you interested in learning how to cook Ethiopian food? if so, I’d like to share with you some of the Ethiopian dishes I cook at home. My name is Eleni. I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I came to the United States about 19 years ago. I live with my husband and two children (ages 10 and 12) in the beautiful state of Oregon, near Portland. I’m a restaurateur, a cooking teacher and a farmer’s market vendor – and everything I do is exclusively related to Ethiopian food. Now I created this blog to share recipes, tips and ingredients to make it easier to prepare Ethiopian food at home.

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