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Seven Spice Blend

Aromatic baharat spice blend will transport you to travel the Middle East through your food.  This Arabic seasoning is widely used in the Middle East, it's made from 7 spices and often referred to as the "7 spice blend".
Author Diana
Servings 1 small jar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 1 x½ inch cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns or 2 ½ tablespoons of ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 2 pieces whole nutmeg each around 5 grams, or 2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds or 2 ½ tablespoons of ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cloves or 2 teaspoons of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds or 2 ½ tablespoons of ground cumin


  • Collect the spices. I don't recommend any extras such as paprika, or turmeric as that will change the flavor and you'll end up with a different spice blend. You can either collect ground spices and just mix them, or as I did, collect whole spices and toast them then grind them.
  • To toast the spices, add them to a dry hot skillet and toast for 4-5 minutes. I use a wooden spoon and mix so they don't get burnt. They will be really fragrant once toasted.
  • Alternatively, put the spices on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F/180°C for 5 minutes.
  • Once the spices are toasted, grind them using a pestle and mortar or an electric grinder.
  • Store in a sealed container for up to 1 year.


  • You can easily double or triple this recipe.
  • Whole spices stay fresh for longer, once you grind them, they need to be stored in a cool dry place. However, homemade spices last much longer than any ground spice that you buy from a store. So store in an airtight jar in a cool dry place for up to a year.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 551IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 360mg | Iron: 14mg