Baharat Middle Eastern Spice

butterfly Yields: ½ cup

Written By Eydie Desser


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Baharat is the Arabic word for “spice”, and is the all-purpose seasoning used in Middle Eastern cuisine.  All grandma’s, cooks and chefs have their own special twist on the ingredients they use to make their dishes to their specific taste.  It adds such a rich flavor with sweet, tart and warming spices.  Add it to rice, vegetables, grains, potatoes and soups and you’ll see how special this spice is!


  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon  Vietnamese Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom


Mix all of the spices together and store in a glass jar in a dark, cool place.

butterfly Cook's Notes:

I love to put this spice mixture on steamed potatoes, sweet rice and cauliflower rice.  It’s a great idea to season water with the mixture as you steam or parboil vegetables, as well.

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