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Baharat – Middle Eastern 7 Spice Mix

28/09/2020 (Last Updated: 29/09/2020)

Smoky, sweet and tangy spices bring a deep and aromatic flavour to your cooking. Baharat is one spice mix you’ll want to add to your pantry. Use this all-purpose Middle Eastern spice blend to season meats, chicken and fish, or add a new depth of flavour to your favourite dishes.

Spices in bowl before being mixed together.

Why We Love This

Baharat is a deliciously simple spice mix that you can whip up in under two minutes. If you love cooking, chances are you’ll have all the spices you need in the pantry already. For the freshest experience, you can grind your own whole spices OR use already-ground versions for a quick mix. 

Baharat is perfect as an all-purpose seasoning or rub for meats, fish and chicken. You can even add it to soups, stews or casseroles to add extra smokey flavour. Or why not sprinkle over your favourite dips such as hummus?

Because your are making your own spice blend from scratch, it’s easy to tweak the ingredients to suit your liking. 

Brown spice mix known as Baharat in small container.

What is Baharat? 

‘Baharat’ simply means ‘spices’ in Arabic language. This all-purpose blend / seasoning is most often in Middle Eastern, Turkish and Greek cuisine, and varies slightly from region to region.  It’s also known as Lebanese 7 spice.

The special part about this Baharat recipe is not just its tiny list of ingredients. It’s the magic flavour they create when they come together.

Before you even have a taste, those freshly mixed spices will be filling your kitchen with a unique and exotic aroma.

Where We Learned This Recipe:

Earlier this week we shared a recipe for Koshary Egyptian Lentil Pasta Rice that you awesome peeps told us you loved. Well the recipe for Egypt’s beloved street food dish includes one little ingredient that we’d never shared with you before, the humble little spice mix known as Baharat.

The very first time we cooked our Egyptian Koshary in Osaka it was impossible to get our hands on any Baharat seasoning, but now that we’ve made it again, we’re not gonna lie to you… it absolutely MAKES this dish.

What You’ll Need

If you already have the following spices in powdered/ground form, you’ll be able to whip up this Middle Eastern spice mix in just a few minutes. If not, you can easily grind whole spices in a spice grinder OR use a mortar and pestle.

This recipe for baharat spice mix calls for eight individual spices (yes, 8! Even though it is referred to as Lebanese 7 spice):

  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves – These can be bought whole and ground or buy them as a powder.
  • Coriander – You can buy them as coriander seeds and grind them yourself, or look for ground coriander – not fresh!
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Smoky paprika – We love the smoky flavour with this paprika, you can also use regular Hungarian Paprika or Hot Paprika for extra spice kick.

If you’re missing any of these spices, most should be available at your local supermarket, Asian or Middle Eastern grocer or online.

Ingredients in bowl for baharat spice mix with labels.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Storage – Store your blended baharat in an airtight glass jar out of direct sunlight. 
  • Use Within 3 Months – Any longer and your blend may start to lose its potency.

FAQs

Is baharat a 7 spice?

While baharat is also referred to as Lebanese 7 Spice, it more commonly contains 8 spices. Some of the 7 spice variants use allspice to replace the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove components of the mix.

What meats go well with baharat?

Baharat is most popularly used alongside chicken, however lamb and beef are also popular.

How to use baharat:

Here are a few ways you can add an extra flavour to your cooking by using this wickedly aromatic spice:
– Use as a spice rub – for meats, chicken or fish.
– Use as a flavouring – for soups, stock, casseroles, tureens or rice dishes. We recommend trying it in Egyptian Koshary or blending into a batch of Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce.
– Use as a condiment – sprinkle across pita bread, popcorn or fresh dips such as hummus. Or sprinkle over vegetables such as eggplant before roasting to give an extra depth of flavour. 
– Use as a marinade – simply mix with olive oil and lime juice for a quick marinade recipe. 

Is Baharat similar to Garam Masala?

Both spice mixes share a lot of the same base spices, however there are some notable differences. Garam Masala is more common in Indian cuisine while Baharat is more popular in the Middle East. Garam Masala is a little spicier and contains bay leaves and red chilli powder instead of the paprika in Baharat.

Variations & Substitutes

  • For a More Turkish Flavour Profile – Try adding dried mint flakes. 
  • Tweak to Your Liking – Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own ingredient ratios – this spice blend is easy to adapt to your own tastes.
  • Substitutes – You can substitute the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with 1 tsp of allspice.
Freshly mixed baharat with cinnamon and cardamom pods.

Here’s some more Middle Eastern cuisine ideas:

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Bowl of spices to make baharat.

Baharat – Middle Eastern 7 Spice Mix

Smoky, sweet and tangy spices bring a deep and aromatic flavour to your cooking. Baharat is one spice mix you'll want to add to your panty. Use this all-purpose Middle Eastern spice blend to season meats, chicken and fish, or add a new depth of flavour to your favourite dishes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Spice
Cuisine: Egyptian
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pop all your aromatic spices into a mortar and grind away with your pestle until blended into luscious dark red and brown powder.
  • Alternatively, if you’ve already got your spices ground and ready to go, pop them in a small bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Store your gorgeous aromatic Baharat mix in an airtight container in the pantry until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Tips to get this recipe just right:
  • Storage – Store your blended baharat in an airtight glass jar out of direct sunlight.
  • Use Within 3 Months – Any longer and your blend may start to lose its potency.
  • For a More Turkish Flavour Profile – Try adding dried mint flakes.
  • Tweak to Your Liking – Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own ingredient ratios – this spice blend is easy to adapt to your own tastes.
  • Substitutes – You can substitute the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with 1 tsp of allspice.
  • Uses
    • Use as a spice rub – for meats, chicken or fish.
    • Use as a flavouring – for soups, stock, casseroles, tureens or rice dishes. We recommend trying it in Egyptian Koshary or blending into a batch of Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce.
    • Use as a condiment – sprinkle across pita bread, popcorn or fresh dips such as hummus. Or sprinkle over vegetables such as eggplant before roasting to give an extra depth of flavour.
    • Use as a marinade – simply mix with olive oil and lime juice for a quick marinade recipe.
Adapted from Michelle Southan (Australian Good Taste).

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2021IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
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Baharat - Middle Eastern 7 Spice Mix

32 Comments

  • Reply
    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
    26/07/2019 at 11:22 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve recently thought I wanted to try a new spice mix with ground meat. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/07/2019 at 9:52 am

      Mmm yum! I’m thinking beef patties or hamburgers could be a winner – how about you?

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    26/07/2019 at 9:54 pm

    5 stars
    I love making my own spice blends. Excited to add another blend to my cabinet.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/07/2019 at 9:51 am

      It’s so much fun hey – any excuse to put the mortar and pestle to work!

  • Reply
    David
    26/07/2019 at 9:05 pm

    5 stars
    Mmm, very flavorful! Reminds me a bit of garam masala which I’ve been using a lot lately but that doesn’t have the paprika.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/07/2019 at 9:51 am

      That’s another gorgeous spice blend for sure! It’s fun how different they can become with just a little tweak of ingredients.

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    26/07/2019 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    I just adore middle-eastern spice mixes, and I love cooking with baharat. Now I can’t wait to make it at home! Thanks for this recipe!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/07/2019 at 9:50 am

      Oh yay hope you enjoy the fun of making it at home 🙂 What are your favourite dishes to cook with Baharat?

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    26/07/2019 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    I love all the ingredients in this, sounds like a delicious combination!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      29/07/2019 at 9:54 am

      I know, it’s like all the spices come together for a flavour party haha – time to crank up the kitchen and have some fun!

  • Reply
    Timothy
    15/04/2017 at 6:27 am

    How much would you add per lb of ground beef to make burger patties ?

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/04/2017 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Timothy thanks for stopping by! We’d recommend starting with around 1 tbsp of Baharat to 1lb of beef to start, and then you can always experiment from there depending on how you like it. Baharat is a gorgeous smoky seasoning and would be great with beef for burger patties, but you wouldn’t want it to overpower everything either. Would love to hear how your burgers turn out! 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie
    08/04/2017 at 12:20 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of homemade spice mixes. This mix sounds fantastic. Love all spices you used here. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/04/2017 at 1:01 pm

      Haha that’s great Natalie, enjoy your spicy shenanigans! 😀

  • Reply
    Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    07/04/2017 at 7:25 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve heard of this spice (and tried it!) plenty of times before, but I never knew how simple it was to make. I’ve got all these ingredients in the cupboards right now so I’m going to give it a whirl and make something crazy delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/04/2017 at 1:01 pm

      Oh that’s awesome Nicola! Not many people we’ve spoken to so far have come across if before. Where did you first try it?

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    07/04/2017 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    Love the addition of smoky paprika, what a great spice blend, looks amazing

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/04/2017 at 1:00 pm

      Smoky paprika definitely gives the whole blend such a delicious depth of smoky heat! One of our favourite spices actually.

  • Reply
    Pretty
    07/04/2017 at 3:50 pm

    5 stars
    I love making my own Indian spice mixes so will give this Middle Eastern one a try.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/04/2017 at 1:00 pm

      I feel like mixing spices is kind of like casting an edible magic spell!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com
    07/04/2017 at 3:28 pm

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try this on some grilled chicken!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/04/2017 at 12:59 pm

      Yum I can almost taste it now haha 😀

  • Reply
    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    29/05/2016 at 3:37 am

    Wow! I love trying new spices and spice blends. I can’t wait to try this one. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 9:10 am

      Ooooh yay, enjoy the spice adventure! You’re in for a treat. 😀

  • Reply
    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    20/05/2016 at 12:07 am

    5 stars
    Oh that combination sounds delicious. Baharat seems one to try, and I am sure I have all the ingredients. I’d far rather mix my own then buy it.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/05/2016 at 5:37 pm

      Definitely Helen, 100% agree! Hope you enjoy, let us know if you like it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ VeggieDesserts
    19/05/2016 at 7:26 pm

    How lovely! I was given a jar of Baharat and I use it all the time. Now I can make my own when it runs out – thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/05/2016 at 5:36 pm

      Yay! Now it’s like a never-ending jar of deliciousness 😛

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    19/05/2016 at 7:18 pm

    That is literally my ideal spice mix. I bet it would go really well on salmon.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/05/2016 at 5:35 pm

      We haven’t tried that yet but it is definitely on the To-Cook List. We’ve also heard it makes a great marinade for lamb!

  • Reply
    Florentina
    19/05/2016 at 3:00 pm

    5 stars
    I love making my own spice mixes. Now I need to try this one because you have smoked paprika in there, and I just can’t pass on anything with smoked paprika. That spice is everything to me lol

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/05/2016 at 5:35 pm

      How good is smoked paprika! It gives such a wonderful depth of flavour to whatever you’re cooking. We loved how it added to the baharat but didn’t overpower the rest of the spices. We’re looking forward to more spice experiments asap!

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