Depending on the region of Arabia, the Baharat spice mix can include a variation of ingredients. Commonly used throughout the Middle East, Bahārāt is an all-purpose spice blend used in a variety of dishes. The flavour profile can vary dramatically depending on which region within the Middle East & North Africa it comes from. This Baharat blend is a traditionally-inspired take from the Gulf of Arabia. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and smoky without any spiciness. Abbasid Baghdad is known as the first culinary capital of the Arabic-Islamic civilization. After Baghdad was razed to the ground by the Mongol army in 1258, the honour of being a culinary capital of the region was taken by Cairo which soon flourished as a continuator to the Arabian cooking traditions. Because of this, Arabic-Islamic cuisine assumed the accessibility of a wide variety of spices. Today, one can hardly find a spice or herb that is not mentioned in Middle Eastern cookery books.
Used across the Arabian peninsula, each area will have a little twist on the rudimentary recipe formula. In the Gulf region, black dry lime, or ‘loomi’, is added to this Baharat blend and is known as the ‘Kabsa’ spice blend - a dish of mixed rice and meat that originated from Saudi Arabia-. Lime powder gives distinct profile attributed to the Gulf region and offers a smoky and citrusy flavour that cuts through the richness of Arabian dishes.
Sweet, smoky and balanced, with light peppermint notes from the bay leaves and although there is a high content of black pepper, it is not pungent.
How to use
This is ideal for Sunday roast; Easter roast or any occasion roast. It can be used as a rub or marinade for meats and poultry. Perfect as we embrace the Summer season for those barbecue days. You can also use it in rice dishes, soups, tomato-based sauces and Arabian breads. Every kid and adult will devour these for lunchtime snacks or evening dinner meals. Bahārāt, truly is a multipurpose blend, that packs a punch, so less is definitely more.
Weight 25g / 0.88 oz ℮
Comes in an attractive 60ml dark amber, food safe, stackable glass jar with an aluminium lid.
Always store in a dry place. A pantry, press or cupboard will suffice. We have made that easy by housing our blends in dark amber mason jars under an aluminium lid. Aluminium reflects both heat and light, making it the perfect material for food preservation under its closing. Spice and herb blends typically have a use by date, in our case, 24 months from manufacture.