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4 fabulous Middle Eastern spice blends
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Add aromatic and deep flavours into your dishes by adding some of the best Middle Eastern spice blends. Choose any from the list of ethnic spice blends for an Eastern Flair. 

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Did you know that many popular Indian spices were in fact brought into the subcontinent by the Persians?

Spices like cumin, coriander, pepper, cardamom, cloves are common Middle Eastern spices used in everyday cooking.

One of the best and unique quality of the spices of the middle east is that they can be used for making multiple dishes.

That is a single Middle Eastern spice blend can be used to make rice, chicken, stews, marinate and rubs without the need to buy multiple spices or blends.

Below is a list of few common and the common Middle Eastern Spice blends widely used to make popular dishes and bring the exotic delicacies to your table in just a pinch.

What Is Middle Eastern Spice Blend

The spices used in Middle Eastern cuisine are aromatic spice blends. These spice mixes are also known as Arabic spice mix because of the generous use of fragrant savoury spices and herbs like cardamon, nutmeg, thyme, cinnamon.

These mid East spices are great for those sensitive to hot and spicy flavours.

Below is a list of 4 Popular Middle Eastern Herbs and Spices blends that will bring in the flavours of Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Turkey for you.

Advieh 

What is Advieh Spice Blend 

An aromatic mix of warm and floral spices makes this Persian spice a must have in any Persian kitchen. Advieh simply means “Spice” in Persian.

Its a subtle mild blend with multiple uses to make some amazing flavourful dishes.

Popular Region – Persia

Taste – More aromatic and fragrant and subtly sweet as opposed to spicy.

Uses – Can be used in rice dishes, meat, chicken or lentils stews, grilled or roasted vegetables, and even rice puddings.

Can also be used as a seasoning for eggs or used as a marinade or dry rub for meats.

Typical Ingredients – Dried rose petals, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Nutmeg, Peppercorn,

Baharat

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What is Baharat Seasoning 

An all-purpose seasoning used extensively in the Middle East, especially in Turkish Cuisine.

The word “baharat” literally translates to”spices” in Arabic and is a blend of several spices.

An aromatic spice blend without any heat, it adds a little zest to any dish be it soups, lentils, rice. meat or fish.

Popular Region – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey

Taste – More aromatic and fragrant with a smoky undertone. It is subtly sweet as opposed to spicy.

Uses – It can be used as a seasoning for beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, and vegetables.

Goes very well with rice and lentils dishes. Can also be used as a dry rub or marinade. Use as a condiment for soups, broths, dipping oil.

Typical Ingredients – Black peppercorns, toasted coriander, toasted cumin, allspice, sweet paprika, green cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Za’atar

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What is  Za’atar 

An ancient blend of spices which may have its origin linked back to Biblical times.

A multipurpose, aromatic spice blend, its usage is unlimited in many Middle Eastern cuisines.

Each region or household make their own versions of the blend but few spices such as sumac, oregano and sesame seeds are mostly the standard spices used.

Popular Region – Egypt, Palestine, Israel

Taste – Non-spicy and aromatic with subtle earthy and citrus undertones, with just a hint of nuttiness.

Uses – Use to sprinkle over breads, flavour up dips such as hummus, yoghurt etc.

It can be used as a seasoning for beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, and vegetables. Can also be used as a dry rub or marinade. Popularly used to season olive oil.

Typical Ingredients – Sumac, thyme, salt, hulled sesame seeds

Hawaij or Yemen hawayil

What is Hawaij Spice Mix 

The word “hawaij” simply means “mixture,” and is used to make a blend of spices.

There are two different versions of hawaij that is used in the Yemeni kitchen. One is a savoury hawaij spice blend used for soups and stews, while the second aromatic blend is used for coffee and baking.

Be sure of which one you buy as the one used for soups may have turmeric, onion powder and cumin while the baking version uses aromatic spices.

Popular Region – Yemen, Israel

Taste – Non-spicy, aromatic and earthy.

Uses – Savoury Hawaij can be used for chicken soup, meat stews, beans and vegetable dishes.

Baking or Hawaij for coffee is used to make coffee, milk-based drinks, cakes biscuits and other desserts.

Typical Ingredients – Sumac, thyme, salt, hulled sesame seeds

Middle Eastern Spice Blends

Where to Buy Middle Eastern Spices and Blends?

It is not hard to find these popular spice blends nowadays.

Apart from large supermarket that stores international spice range, you can buy these spices from a local ethnic store or online.

My recommended online spice stores for buying these spices is The Spice House. Their spices are freshly blended with swift efficient delivery services.

You can also get the spices from Amazon.

Discover the world of flavors at TheSpiceHouse.com.
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If you are interested in buying any of the spices, there is a direct link on the spice images above.

To Conclude

Middle Eastern spices or Arabic spice blends are mostly nutty and aromatic.

There is less use of chillies or paprika in the popular spice blends.

Aromatic spices and herbs such as sumac, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg and thyme are some of the most used Middle Eastern spices for making blends.

If you wish to bring a flavourful aroma to your dishes without heat then these spices will surely add the zing to your meal.

Have you been to any Middle Eastern spice bazaars and tried spices that you have enjoyed?

Would love to hear your experience.

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Jessica Formicola
Jessica Formicola
2 years ago

I love middle eastern spices! I can’t wait to try your blends!

Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

I use Za’atar and Baharat frequently when I cook, but the other two spice blends are brand new to me. I will have to give them a try! Thank you!

Gloria
Gloria
2 years ago

I am ALWAYS game to try new spices. It is like a kid in a candy store when I go into specialty markets. These sound super delicious. I could find lots of delicious ways to use them.

Jacque Hastert
Jacque Hastert
2 years ago

I love adding flair to my dishes and these spices will do just the trick. Thank you for sharing these.

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