Baharat, Lebanese Spice Powder Recipe
by Tarla Dalal
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Every cuisine has its own set of spice powders, which give the dishes of that cuisine a characteristic flavour and aroma. Like Indian cuisine has its Garam Masala , Pav Bhaji Masala or Sambhar Masala , one of the famous spice powders of Lebanese cuisine is the Baharat, a tongue-tickling mix of pepper, red chillies, cinnamon, cloves and several other spices.
A pinch of Baharat is enough to add an intense flavour and irresistible aroma to various Middle Eastern dishes including soups, curries, stews and sauces like Borëk , Mashkool Rice , Chick Pea Soup , Mixed Vegetable Stew , Spinach and Cheese Sambousik , Arabic Salad , Zucchini and Carrot Clear Soup and Stuffed Zucchini .
- Combine the black peppercorns, dry red chilli flakes, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cumin seeds and cloves in a broad non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.
- Add the nutmeg powder, dry ginger powder, cardamom powder and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Cool completely.
- Once cooled, blend in a mixer to a fine powder and store in an air-tight container.
- Use as required.
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