Baharat is a spice blend used in Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. Baharat is the Arabic word for spices. The mixture of finely ground spices is often used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups and adds an aromatic, warm, and sweet flavor to your dish. It also tastes great on your pizza.
Baharat is also commonly known as “Lebanese 7-spice”. This blend has fewer ingredients than the Moroccan blend ras el hanout, but similarly depends on a fine balance of spicy, sweet, bitter, hot, smoky, floral and pungent. The Baharat blend we sell is based on the Lebanese seven spice.
Lebanese-style baharat, which is usually a vibrant brick-red to burgundy colour, typically includes all spice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric and ginger. Sometimes the blend has more than seven ingredients and also contains chili or coriander. Turkish baharat often includes dried mint, while the version used in North Africa is a simplified blend of cinnamon, dried rose petals and black pepper.