In the pantry: Lebanese seven spice

In the pantry: Lebanese seven spice

Don’t be deceived by its name. While it may have ‘seven spice’ in its name, this mixture of ground up spices actually has eight ingredients: Pepper, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and cardamom. Otherwise known as baharat, it’s often used in Middle Eastern cooking for its balanced woody and slightly sweet aromas as a rub for meat, such as lamb or beef.

It’s also really easy to put together if you already have the ingredients lying in your pantry:

2 tablespoons black peppercorns
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1½ cardamom seeds

Grind all the spices together in a mortar and pestle. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Three recipe ideas to use Lebanese seven spice:
1. Grilled kofta by Man Fuel
2. Lebanese chicken and potatoes by Jabberwocky Stew
3. Lebanese meat pies (Sfeehas) by Little Spice Jar

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