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.
Pop all your aromatic spices (smoked paprika, cumin, black pepper, ground coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves) 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.
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.
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).