If you are a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine, you have probably heard of the Arabic 7 spice mix. This fragrant blend of spices is a staple in many dishes, from grilled meats to stews and soups. While you can easily find pre-made versions of this spice mix in supermarkets, I prefer to make my own at home. By sourcing the spices myself, roasting them at home, and grinding them into a fine powder, I can ensure that they are fresh and full of flavour when I use them in my cooking. Plus, there are many variations of the Arabic 7 spice mix, and making your own allows you to customise the blend to your taste preferences. This recipe, passed down to me by my mother-in-law, is one I always have in my pantry. Give it a try and taste the difference for yourself!
Basic Ingredients for 7 spice mix
All Spice: This spice is made from the dried unripe berries of the Pimenta dioica plant and has a warm, sweet, and slightly peppery flavour with notes of cinnamon and clove.
Black Peppercorns: These are dried berries from the Piper nigrum plant and have a pungent, spicy, and slightly floral flavour that adds a sharp kick to the spice mix.
Cinnamon Sticks: Made from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, cinnamon has a sweet and warm flavour that adds depth and warmth to the spice mix.
Cardamom pods: These small green pods contain tiny black seeds with a strong, spicy and slightly sweet flavour with notes of lemon and mint.
Cloves: These are the dried flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree and have a strong, pungent, and sweet flavour with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Nutmeg: This is the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree and has a warm, nutty, and slightly sweet flavour that adds complexity to the spice mix.
Bay leaves: The aromatic leaves of the bay laurel tree and have a pungent, herbal, and slightly bitter flavour that adds depth and complexity to the spice mix.
7 Spice Mix (Full Video)
7 Spice Mix
- 250 g whole allspice
- 125 g black peppercorns
- 50 g cinnamon sticks
- 10 g cardamom pods
- 10 cloves
- 1 piece nutmeg
- bay leaves
- Place all theingredients into a spice grinder and process until you get a finely groundpowder. Store in an airtight container.
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