- A spice mixture, usually consisting of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, and other spices, which is used in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.
1939, Ferdinando Quaranta di San Severino, Ethiopia, an empire in the making, page 16:
- Food in Ethiopia is always seasoned with berberè, a kind of pimiento.
1958, The Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and African Child Health:
- Wat is a sauce composed of legumes, including horsebeans, chickpeas, kidneybeans, and lentils pounded to a flour, and mixed with spices. First berbere (red pepper) is dried and ground, then mixed with onions and butter, thus forming a thick cream.