Baharat is an intensely smoky, sweet and tangy mix of spices ready and waiting to add a deep and aromatic flavour to your recipes. Get ready to spice up your life with this exotic Middle Eastern spice blend, which you can use to season meats, chicken, fish, or your favourite exotic cuisines.
Earlier this week we shared a recipe for Koshary Egyptian Lentil Pasta Rice that you awesome peeps told us you loved. Yay!
Well the recipe for Egypt’s beloved street food dish includes one little ingredient that we’ve never shared with you before, a 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.
Some of you told us you had come across Baharat in your cooking travels before, before but many of you hadn’t.
The good news is that you can easily make this super simple spice mix at home, and today we’re gonna spill the lentils and show you how. 😛
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Baharat simply means spices in Arabic, and there are seven you need to gather for this aromatic blend. That’s it.
I bet if you looked in your pantry right now, you’d probably find them sitting there, staring back at you, waiting for their chance to shine.
Okay are you ready? Here they are:
If you’ve got them in powdered/ground form, you are good to go my friend. If not, you might need to crack out that mortar and pestle (finally!) and give them a few good thunks til they’re ready to blend, like we did with our cardamom.
If you’re missing any of these spices, we’ve linked each to Amazon so you can stock up your collection – or you could hit up your local Asian grocer or import store like we did.
If there’s one thing you’ll never regret in life it’s expanding your spice collection! Who’s with us? *high five*
See! We’re excited!
2 Minute Baharat Middle Eastern Spice Mix Recipe
Now the special part about Baharat is not just its tiny list of simple 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.Do you have the pantry to create this mouth-watering spice mix?Click To Tweet
Who would have thought that such every-day ingredients could combine into intense, otherworldly deliciousness?
If you don’t feel like making your own you could always look for an import store that stocks Middle Eastern spices like Baharat. If that fails, you can also order Baharat ready-made online.
So there you have it. A super simple, super intense Middle Eastern spice blend, freshly made and ready to go when you need it. Now all you need is a batch of Egyptian Koshary to mix it with. Or how about spicing up your Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce? Or sprinkling over meat, chicken, fish… the list is endless.
Ready. Set. GO!
P.S. If you’re interested in unique ingredients check out our Unique Ingredients board on Pinterest. 😉
Baharat Middle Eastern Spicy Blend
- 2 tsp smoky paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp cloves
Pop all your aromatic spices into a mortar and grind away with your pestle until blended into luscious dark red 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.