7 Spice - Lebanese & Egyptian BAHARAT
This is a wonderful 7 spice blend rub, that is used in many Middle Eastern Recipes. It works excellent with a variety of meats like, pork, chicken, fish and lamb. This spice mix can be made with whole spices bought from the store or with already ground spices. This is more of a Lebanese and Egyptian version. Ive come to realize that in different parts of the world this variation is slightly different. In Arabic 7 spice is called Baharat / bokharat. Decorate and give as a great gift idea.
1) Use equal parts of each spice.
2) If you are using whole spices, in a small frying pan, dry roast the spices, including the peppercorns, cinnamon sticks that are broken into small pieces, cloves, nutmeg, fenugreek and most importantly the allspice. Do not burn as it may get bitter and not have the perfect flavor of 7 spice. By roasting all the 7 spice whole really is worth the the extra effort for it is much more aromatic.
3) Then after allowing the spice to cool down a little, add them to a coffee grinder that is only used for spices, and grind until it is fine.
4) After done grinding the powder, place into a glass jar or air tight container. Either refrigerate or place in your pantry.
5) When ready to use, rub the 7 spice mixture on your favorite meat and allow to marinade for 2 to 3 hours or over night.
- 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek
- 1/2 teaspoon Powdered Ginger