Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian spiced clarified butter)
Add butter to a small saucepan and melt over low heat.
Add all other ingredients and simmer on lowest possible heat for about 1 hour.
Pour the clear golden liquid off the top leaving all solids in the bottom of the pan. Strain through cheesecloth if necessary. Discard solids.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer and use as needed.
Notes: Niter kibbeh is a ubiquitous cooking medium in Ethiopian cuisine. It adds an incomparable flavor to dishes. However, if you like you can substitute oil or butter or a combination of oil and butter. Clarified butter is best.