Baharat is a North African peppery spice mixture used in Middle Eastern cooking. The word baharat means "spice" in Arabic. The actual spice mixture will vary depending on the particular supplier. The spice would traditionally be sprinkled on lamb before grilling but it could be used on other meats such as pork or chicken.
You can find this spice in markets that cater to Middle Eastern cooking or purchase Baharat
spice online at Amazon.com.
The Turkish style baharat is similar to the Arabic versions but often includes mint. Chefs in Turkey use this blend as an all-purpose seasoning for meat dishes such as kofte, grain pilafs, and vegetable dishes. (The Epicentre)
1/2 whole nutmeg, grated
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 small piece of cinnamon stick
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed, discard pods
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground hot chile pepper such as de abol (hot) ancho chile (medium hot)
Combine all ingredients in a small spice grinder (coffee grinder) and grind until the mixture is fine. You can store the mixture refrigerated in a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid up to 4 months. After that time the mixture will lose its flavor. Grind all the ingredients together.
More Recipes For Baharat Spice
The Epicentre offers several recipes for regional versions of this spice mixture.