The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Baharat Aka Middle East Mixed Spices – the Real Mix Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Baharat Aka Middle East Mixed Spices – the Real Mix.
Yield: 2 cups
1/2 cup whole black peppercorn
1/4 cup whole coriander seed
1/4 cup cassia or 1/4 cup cinnamon bark
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/3 cup cumin seed
2 teaspoons whole cardamom seeds
4 whole whole nutmegs
1/2 cup ground paprika
1 Basically, just place all the spices except the paprika and nutmeg in a blender or adequate grinder and process until it becomes a powder.
2 If necessary you can grind 1/2 cup at a time.
3 Grate the nutmeg and blend this with the paprika into the spices.
4 Store in an airtight jar.
5 Generally in some areas, they lightly toast the spices in an panggangan to bring out more flavor.
6 You can gain this also by putting the amount you’re going to use, on a hot dry frypan and toast it for a few seconds before using.
7 This not only makes the kitchen smell good, but brings out a richer flavor of any spice.
8 *Note* You can also use ground spices, but using them whole is the authentic way.
9 Four nutmegs come to about 1/4 cup ground.
10 Be careful how much nutmeg you use; it’s toxic in large doses.