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Type Spices
Place of origin Ethiopia
Main ingredients Piri piri, cardamom, cloves, salt
Cookbook: Mitmita  Media: Mitmita

Mitmita (Amharic: ሚጥሚጣ?, IPA: [mitʼmitʼa]) is a powdered seasoning mix used in Ethiopia. It is orange-red in color and contains ground African bird's eye chili peppers, cardamom seed, cloves, and salt.[1] It occasionally has other spices including cinnamon, cumin, and ginger.

The mixture is used to season the raw beef dish kitfo and may also be sprinkled on ful medames (fava beans). In addition, mitmita may be presented as a condiment and sprinkled on other delicacies or spooned onto a piece of injera, so that morsels may be lightly dipped into it.

Mitmita could also be used as a seasoning and to add extra flavor on non-Ethiopian food. It is used to flavor stews of meat, vegetables, grilled chicken, duck, beef, tofu and more.

See also[edit]

  • Berbere, another Ethiopian spice mixture


  1. ^ Mesfin, D.J. Exotic Ethiopian Cooking (2006): 20. Falls Church, VA: Ethiopian Cookbooks Enterprises

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