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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.
Course Spice
Cuisine Egyptian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 jar
Calories 44kcal



  • 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.
    2 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 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.
  • 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).


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