Baharat Recipe - A Flavourful Blend
Enjoyed in Middle Eastern Cooking

If Middle Eastern cooking is your thing, then a homemade baharat recipe is ideal. This traditional blend has numerous regional varieties and it's super versatile. Use it to flavour your meat dishes: lamb, chicken and beef for example. Or, combine a tablespoon or two with olive oil and use as a tasty rub for your roasts. Or simply use it as a condiment as you would pepper. (See the bottom of the page for links to more delicious recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)

4 tbsp coriander seed
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp sumac
1 tbsp garlic powder
4 tsp green cardamom pods
4 tsp sesame seeds
2-3 tsp chili powder
2 tsp allspice berries
1 tsp cloves
3 inch piece of cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon pieces along with the cardamom, coriander, cumin, peppercorns, sesame, cloves, allspice and salt
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Finally, add the paprika, garlic, chili and sumac powders. Combine thoroughly

Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: You could dry toast the coriander, cumin, cardamon, cloves, peppercorns and allspice berries for a few minutes before grinding. The heat from the toasting releases the oils and therefore more of their flavours. 

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Ingredient Note: If you have them, try and use a few whole spices for this recipe as these will add the best flavours. If you don't have whole, just use pre-ground powders in their place and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. For example, for 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds you would use 2 tablespoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with the other powders when making.

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