Baharat - The Flavourful Blend
Enjoyed in Middle Eastern Cooking

Translated from Arabic, baharat means "spices" and this traditional seasoning is used throughout the Middle East with many regional variations. It's a versatile blend and can be blended with oil and rubbed on meat before roasting. It's also an excellent all-purpose seasoning. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

3 tbsp coriander seed
3 tbsp sweet paprika (or regular)
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp cumin seed
2 tsp green cardamom pods
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ajwain seeds
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
3 inch piece of cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick
  • Grind the cinnamon along with the cardamom pods, coriander, cumin, peppercorns, ajwain, cloves and salt
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Finally, add the paprika, chili powder and nutmeg and combine thoroughly

Store in an airtight jar in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh lot.

Note: Whilst this is aromatic and tasty as it is you could dry toast the coriander, peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and cumin before grinding to release even more aromas and flavours. 

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Ingredient Note:
 For the best flavours, I use a few whole ingredients in this recipe. If you don't have them available use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities by half. For example, 2 tablespoons of peppercorns equals 1 tablespoon of pre-ground pepper
. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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