Baharat Spice & 6 Recipes We Love
What Is Baharat Spice?
Flavor Profile: Smoky, sweet
Popular Uses: All-purpose seasoning for meat, chicken, rice, stews, vegetable & condiment marinade
Region: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey
Spices Used: Toasted coriander, sweet paprika, dried mint, cumin, black peppercorns with warm spices cinnamon, allspice, cloves
Baharat spice is a staple in Turkish cooking- the name itself means “spices” in Arabic, derived from the word bahar, which means pepper. Thus, baharat itself is a mix of spices & freshly ground black peppercorns. In Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine, baharat is considered an all-porpose spice, and is frequently found in many prepared savory dishes, from kofta to Turkish rice. A traditional baharat spice blend in Turkey, it is similar to how garam masala is used in India.
Buying Baharat Spice: Freshly Ground, Small Batch
Baharat is found throughout grocery stores in the Middle East and is toasted & freshly ground from whole spices weekly in house at RawSpiceBar. We recommend purchasing in small batches every few months to keep your baharat spice fresh. Our freshly ground Turkish baharat brings together coriander, dried mint, cumin and black peppercorn with warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves- rounded out by sweet- not hot- paprika. It is a a salt free seasoning, so you can add kosher salt to your own tastes and preferences. Whether you buy bahārāt or make your own, it should be stored in an airtight container, away from heat and light, for up to three months.
How to Cook With Baharat?
Freshly ground baharat is used in stews, tomato sauces, lentils, rice pilafs, and cous cous. It can also be used as a dry rub with salt for fish, poultry, and meat. As a vegetable marinade or condiment paste, we love to mix baharat spice with olive oil, garlic & fresh parsley or mint.
Best Baharat Recipes
Find our full list of baharat recipes in our recipe box, sorted for all diet types here. Below is a round up of our 6 absolute favorite baharat recipes.