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Baharat Spice Mix

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Baharat (which means "spices" in Arabic) is a spice blend used in Middle Eastern (especially the Arabian Gulf region) and Greek cuisine. 

Typical baharat seasoning ingredients include allspice, chili peppers, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and peppercorns.

The mixture is finely ground and is often used on fish, chicken, lamb, vegetables, and in soups and tajines. It's a lovely, all-purpose blend that has a little heat. 

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Recipes Using Baharat

If you’re wondering what baharat is used for, check out these wonderful recipes!

Baharat blends are perfect for savory dishes and work very well with chicken, fish, beef and in soups and stews. It’s also very tasty on top of roast vegetables.

Where to Buy Baharat?

We recommend this Baharat blend from The Spice House.

If you'd prefer to get it on Amazon, we also like this Baharat Spice Blend.

What can I use instead of Baharat?

You can get similar results for baharat if you use another spice blend like garam masala, Ras el Hanout, or hawaij. You could also just use a mix of cinnamon and cumin.

Is baharat the same as Ras el Hanout?

Baharat is not the same as Ras el Hanout, but they are very similar spice blends. They both typically have some mix of coriander, cloves, cumin, paprika, and cardamom.

Ras el Hanout often has more ingredients and might contain chili, ginger, dried rose petals, red pepper flakes, and allspice as well.

Baharat Spice Mix Recipe | How to Make Baharat

If you want to make your own baharat blend at home, you will need to combine pepper, nutmeg, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, salt, and cardamom.

Yield: ¼ cup

Baharat Spice Mix

Baharat spice mix in a small bowl.

Baharat (which means "spices" in Arabic) is a spice blend used in Middle Eastern (especially the Arabian Gulf region) and Greek cuisine.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. Combine all the ingredients and stir to combine. 
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. 


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

Thank you Emily! I'm fascinated by "baking" spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom, used in savory dishes. I bought some baharat at the Middle Eastern market and loved it, except for the cloves (I hate cloves.) Your recipe lets me make clove-free baharat and it's so good. Mostly I use it with sauteed veggies and potatoes. Today, I'm using it to season grilled lamb kabobs.


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

So glad you're able to make your own blend! Using it on lamb kabobs sounds fantastic!

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