This earthy-sweet seasoning blend is common in Ethiopian cooking. Paprika and allspice bring in smoky, savory notes while cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves punch up the sweet notes. Nutmeg, fenugreek, and turmeric add earthy flavors, and cayenne rounds everything out with a kick of heat. Make a big batch of this blend to keep in your cupboard for flavoring stews, amping up roasted veggies, or stirring into homemade hummus to give it some extra pizzazz.

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By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder


  • In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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What kind of paprika, please? Smoked? Sweet?

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Willa, Use sweet paprika or paprika that's just labelled as "paprika. Sweet paprika is the most common variety and is often simply labelled "paprika."

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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