Recipes from Eritrea: Tegelese Tesmi (Herb Butter)

Recipes from Eritrea

Tegelese Tesmi (Herb Butter)

Country: Eritrea
Course: Condiment
Makes: about 1 cup


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup water (more if needed)
  • 2 small onions, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp ginger, shredded


  1. Heat the butter and water in a small pan. When the butter has melted, add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Simmer over low heat, without stirring, for 30 minutes until the mixture is clear. Now run the mixture through a sieve and let cool.
  3. Store in a tightly-sealed Ball jar.