Mitmita ( African birdseye pepper, periperi )

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.



Mitmita 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.  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.