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Berbere, a spice used in Ethiopian cooking, resembles the spice garam masala from India. It is an unusual blend of spices such as cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and fenugreek. You can find it at gourmet spice shops or online (or make your own from an online recipe—it’s worth the effort). Keep it on hand to make ordinary dishes special, like this wild rice pilaf.

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This delicious wild rice pilaf recipe makes use of the Ethiopian spice berbere. Be sure to keep it on hand to make ordinary dishes like this extra special!


  • 2 medium leeks (white and light green parts), diced and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • ¾ teaspoon berbere spice Blend, or to taste
  • 4 cups cooked wild rice blend
  • 2 cups cooked adzuki beans, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced


  1. Place the leeks in a large saucepan, and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to keep the leeks from sticking to the pan.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the berbere spice and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the wild rice, beans, and orange zest, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the mixture is heated through.
  3. Garnish with the green onions.

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.

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