Tabil - A Versatile, Traditional Mix
Enjoyed in Tunisian Cuisine

Using a combination of four spices, tabil is a super easy-to-make, traditional blend often used in Tunisian cuisine. Though it only uses four ingredients it will still add fabulous flavours to soups and stews and can be used as a rub for grilled or roast meat. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 4-5 tablespoons)

4 tbsp coriander seeds
4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp chili flakes (or 2 tsp chili powder)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the chili flakes, coriander and caraway seeds 
  • Once ground, sieve into a bowl
  • Add the garlic powder to the bowl and combine. (Add the chili as well if you used powder)

That's all there is to it!

Store your Tunisian seasoning in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.

Note: I recommend dry toasting the coriander and caraway seeds prior to grinding and combining. This will add even more flavours to your recipe.

Click here for step-by-step tips on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note:
 If you have them available I recommend you use whole seeds and flakes. If you don't have them all, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts the recipe says by half. For example, 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds equals about 2 tablespoons pre-ground coriander. Reduce the caraway seeds by half as well if you don't have them whole.

TabilHomemade Tabil

A Step-by-Step Instructional Video

Here's a video of how I made a version of the above tabil. The ingredients may be slightly different but the process is exactly the same. If you enjoyed it, you can click the subscribe button in the bottom right corner in the video, OR click the link below the video...

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Why You Should Make Your Seasonings

Of course it's convenient to pop to the store and pick up a jar of commercial seasonings; but here's why I recommend you make your own...

  • For one, I've never seen this available in the shops though you can probably buy it online nowadays
  • Homemade will have far more flavour than commercial mixes 
  • Commercial blends may contain bulking ingredients: corn flour, processed salt and husks for example
  • Whilst there will be a sell/use by date, it's unlikely there is a manufacturing date. It may have been sitting on a store shelf for months slowly losing it's flavour
  • No artificial colours, additives or preservatives. And If you're able to get hold of organic ingredients your tabil powder will be free of pesticides and GMO's!

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