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Iraqi Spice Mixture


Baharat is a spice mixture used in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries to flavor all sorts of dishes. It is rather similar to Indian Garam Masala, and indeed many Iraqi recipes written for a western audience call for garam masala rather than baharat. But it's pretty easy to make at home, as it doesn't call for any particularly exotic ingredient. The single exception is the optional rose petal powder. As I have lots of rose bushes I just made it myself by drying rose petals in a pre-heated 200°F oven for 10 minutes, and then crumbling them and powdering them with my fingers.




  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp rose petal powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tp. turmeric


Mix all ingredients together. Store in a closed container.

Adapted from Nawal Nasrallah's recipe in her book Delights from the Garden of Eden

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