Niter Kibbeh

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 35 minutes

Serves:Makes 1 3/4 quarts

By Kevin Dunn
Niter Kibbeh is a spiced clarified butter used in Ethiopian cooking. This version is butter-free. Use it to add depth to slow cooked stews, vegetables, or even tofu.


  • 2 quarts vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic, minced
  • 8 tsp ginger, grated on a micro-plane
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 20 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg


Slowly heat the vegetable stock in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat.

Add the other ingredients and simmer uncovered on the lowest heat for about 20-30 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a double layer of cheesecloth.

Refrigerate until needed.