Easy Seven Spices Recipe is the secret spice to various Middle Eastern recipes used in poultry, rice, stews, beef, spinach pies, soups and sometimes in salads! With the foundation of the spice using the 4 c’s: cumin, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon, it’s a winning spice. Save this one because you are about to elevate your food with it!
I am happy to be sharing this easy seven spice recipe with you! Not only will you be needing it for some of the recipes I share, but it is because now you will be able to recreate so many Middle Eastern recipes with this simple spice! It is used a lot. Sometimes, all you need is a little sprinkle, and at times a good tablespoon will spin your whole meal into the meal versions you are trying to achieve!
Easy Seven Spices Recipe Necessities
This special blend of spices, or what we call in Arabic “baharat“, is such a popular blend and is a must have in your pantry. You absolutely need this particular blend and is so essential in the kitchen because it has a one-of-a-kind balance of flavors that mesh so well together that they create this perfection of salty, sweet, savory, and hint of bitterness. Combined, they are this powerhouse flavor that can take any “ok” dish and turn it into something your grandmother had slaved over all day or is served in high-end restaurant.
The spices you will need include:
Black pepper: The perfectly peppery spice to add a little zing to this mix. Also called “bahar aswad” in Arabic.
Cloves: Dried buds of a flower, “kirenfol“, are fragrant and add a touch of aroma.
Nutmeg : Originally a seed of a tree, nutmeg is found whole and then ground. “Jawzet Alteeb” has a more nutty taste to it with a very small hint of sweet.
Cinnamon: The star of the sweet-flavored spices, “korfeh“, or cinnamon, is what gives the strongest taste of sweetness to balance out the nutty, salty, spicy, and savory flavors of the remaining spices.
Cumin: A savory spice with a touch of bitterness, “kamoon“, balances out the peppery and sweet tastes of the spice blend.
Coriander: As dried ground coriander seeds, this spice carries a bit of a citrusy, warm, and somewhat nutty flavors. Also called “kezbra“, it’s popularly used in Mloukhieh!
Cardamom: This ground green seed that grows in pods packs huge flavor. It’s aromatic and leans in flavor to piney, almond-like, fruity, and even a hint of menthol.
How To Prep Easy Seven Spices?
Very easy! First, be sure to purchase each ingredient ground from your local roastery, grocery store, or Amazon. Then, you add the specified amount below in the recipe card and that is it!
Also, if you prefer buying some of the ingredients whole, you would have to grind them in a small spice grinder. I have one that I purchased from Amazon and it works great!
Examples of some recipes you can use Seven Spices with!
Some dishes require this spice! No questions asked! For example, you will need to add it to fried kibbie, kafta, meat pies (lahme bil 3a jeen), stews, poultry, meat, grape leaves, salads, rice, spinach pies and the list can go on! Each of these dishes may require a dash, a pinch, a sprinkle, or heaps!
Frequently asked questions:
You can store seven spices in an air tight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months!
You can find 7 spices on Amazon or at Hashem’s Roastery
Yes! Some add paprika, allspice, or turmeric or substitute one of these in place of a spice you’re not fond of.
No, they are not! Allspice starts out looking similar to a peppercorn and is sometimes also called pimento or myrtle pepper.
- black pepper
How to Prep
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Place in an air tight container for freshness!
RECIPES YOU MAY WANT TO TRY!
- Mloukhie with Chicken
- Simple Lebanese Meat and Rice
- Persian Walnut Stew – Fesenjoon
- Kafta and Potato Stew
- Beef Shawarma Egg Rolls
- Tabouli Salad – Simplified Version
- Kibbeh Bil Sanieh
- Meat Potato Onion Egg Skillet
- Braised Green Beans- Loubieh Bzeit
- Sujuk Fatteh or Fattet Sujuk
- Quick Spicy Beef (Sujuk) Pizza
- Loaded Beef Shawarma Fries
- Beef Shank Layered Fatteh
- Meat Pies – Lahme Bi Ajeen
- Mloukhieh with Chicken
Easy Seven Spices Recipe
- 1 tablespoon black pepper ground
- 1 tablespoon cloves ground
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg ground
- ¼ cup cinnamon ground
- ¼ cup cumin ground
- ¼ cup coriander ground
- ¼ cup cardamom ground
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Place in an air tight container for freshness
Wonderful blend. I especially enjoy it with rice and a sprinkle on my tabouleh! Thanks a lot Lama
I’ve been searching for this for a while. I love to make my own spice blends. Many thanks
You are so welcome!! Enjoy!
Thanks for sharing! I don’t always find this spice at the grocery stores and I like to experiment with new blends.