Baharat Spice Mix
Baharat spice is a fragrant blend of paprika, cumin, black pepper, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove, and a common ingredient in many Middle Eastern recipes.
You can add it to soups, grains, vegetable, meat, stews and sauces. Just a pinch of it adds a beautiful rich flavour and aroma to recipes.
You can generally buy Baharat spice mix at Middle Eastern stores (or at any grocery store if you happen to live in the Middle East) but home-made is likely to be a lot fresher and tastier. The additional benefit of home-made spice mixes is that you can also tweak the ingredients to suit your personal preferences.
Don’t be intimidated by the sound of all the ingredients. Honestly, it’s very easy to make and very easy to use.
One of my favourite recipes that calls for Baharat spice is this red lentil soup.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
** Apologies for the photo (it’s photostock and not the baharat spice blend, so don’t worry if you‘re doesn’t look like the pic – neither does mine! Next time I make a batch, I’ll try to update it in shaa Allah)
- 5tsp paprika
- 2tsp ground cumin
- 1tsp ground black pepper
- 1tsp ground coriander
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Mix all the ingredients together and dry fry them in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant.
- Store in an airtight container.