Spotlight Spice: Baharat Spice Blend
In Arabic, the word Baharat means “spices” and, in this instance, it’s a warming blend of aromatic spices which will lend a particularly Middle Eastern flavor to your meat, veggie, and egg dishes.
Baharat spice blends are commonly used as an all-purpose seasoning in recipes from the Persian Gulf and typically include spices like, black pepper, coriander, paprika, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, cloves, paprika, and cinnamon. The spices are often toasted before being ground together. Like most blends, this one can vary greatly geographically. For example, in Turkey Baharat often includes mint, and in Tunisia the blend frequently contains dried rose pedals.
Our own special Baharat Spice Blend is aromatic, warm, and sweet, containing cumin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, paprika, and other spices. Just a pinch can add depth and flavor to soups, tomato sauces, lentils, rice pilafs, and couscous. A teaspoon of Baharat mixed into each pound of raw ground beef yields an amazing, subtly-spiced burger.
Baharat also works well as a dry rub or seasoning for meats and vegetables, and as the key ingredient (with olive oil and lemon juice) in a marinade for lamb or chicken. Use in yogurt to make a great dip for raw veggies or sauce for proteins.
Find it alongside your other favorite rubs and blends in the shop or online.