Francesca Ferraro wrote:

“I wish to make my own baharat blend. I believe it is made up of pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, paprika and nutmeg. Do you use equal quantities of all the ingredients? Your help would be very much appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation.”

My reply:

‘Baharat’ is the Arabic word for ‘spice’, (based on the word ‘bahar’ meaning pepper). It is sort of an Arabic garam masala if you like, an all-round hot-sweet spice mix. Here’s my favourite homemade baharat spice, plus a few others.

Kurma’s Baharat Spice Blend

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons dry roasted and ground cumin seeds
2 teaspoons dry roasted and ground coriander seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all spices and store in a sealed jar. Makes about 3 tablespoons.

Syrian style Baharat

2 tsp ground allspice
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Gulf States Baharat

1 tbsp ground red pepper
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground noomi basra (dried lemon or lime)

Tunisian style Baharat

1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground black pepper

Levant style Baharat

1/4 cup ground black peppercorns
1/4 cup ground allspice berries
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Posted by Kurma on 18/12/05; 8:53:58 AM

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