Berbere Spice Paste

Makes 2 3/4 cups Berbere is a traditional Ethiopian spice blend made with chiles, warming spices, fenugreek, and other aromatic ingredients. Use this paste to rub meats, poultry, and fish before grilling. Ingredients 4 pequin chiles, seeds and stem removed 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon […]

Main Dishes

Chicken Curry

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3/4 cup plain yogurt 2 1/2 lb skinless chicken thighs, bone in (2 thighs per person) 2 dried red chiles, crushed 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon ground […]



Makes 8 portions Ingredients 1 lb dried chickpeas 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley 1/2 bunch cilantro 8 scallions 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 6 garlic cloves, peeled 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed Pure olive oil, as needed, for deep-frying 4 pieces Pita […]

Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments


Makes about 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 1/4 lb fresh red chiles, preferably Fresnos 1 small red dried hot chile 1 oz sun-dried tomatoes (about 1/3 cup) 1 garlic clove, crushed to a paste with a pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground […]

Chef's Notes Plus

North Africa’s Fiery Sauce

Culinary cultures based in steamy equatorial climates all have their own spicy chile condiments, like Mexico’s hot salsas, Indonesia’s sambals, Caribbean vinegar-based habañero sauces—even our own Louisiana’s Tabasco. But harissa, the garlic-laced spice paste of Tunisia, shared also by Morocco and Algeria, imparts a singular fruity complexity in the luxurious […]

Main Dishes

Seared Salmon With Moroccan-Style Spices

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 3 pounds salmon fillet 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons anise seeds 1 […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks

Vegetable Samosas

Makes 24 small samosas Filling Ingredients 2 lb Yukon gold potatoes 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 medium yellow onions, minced 1 tablespoon minced ginger 1 jalapeño, minced 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 cup green peas 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro Kosher salt, as […]