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Tips to Add Flavours and Scents of Middle Eastern Spices in your Cuisine

by Kristen White Blogger
The aroma and lingering zest of the Middle Eastern spices reigns supreme in the culinary scene today. The herbs and spices that constitute these cuisines are not only deliciously fragrant but also complex to use. However, with right cooking approach, you can bring its goodness from the professional chef tables of a restaurant to your home.

The Best Middle Eastern Spices are made up of multiple elements that not only add drama to your cuisine but also an appetizing fragrance that engages all senses.

Not sure which spices should grace your kitchen and which ones are best left to the pros? Read on to learn more about the spicy bunch that will add some zing to your normal cooking routine.

Za’atar
This herbaceous and savoury spice can be sprinkled on anything from fried chicken to Vegetarian Dahl Recipe. A mix of dried herbs and spices such as cumin, sesame seeds, salt, sumac, and most importantly, thyme–literally meaning za’atar in Arabic, makes the quintessential spice blend that is used in multiple Middle Eastern cuisines. The aromatic and earthy flavours are perfect as a garnish or a spice rub. 

Sumac
This blood-red spice is made from dried and crushed sumac berries that imparts a flavour similar to lemon juice or vinegar for its sharp, citrusy taste. It is traditionally used to garnish hummus, rice pilaf, and meaty kebabs.

Dukkah
This spice blend, which literally means “to pound,” comes from Egypt. It is prepared in such a way that it is neither a paste nor powder. Its main ingredients consist of peanuts, sesame, and dried herbs to give it a crunchy texture. It is perfect for building a thick crust on roasted lamb or beef dishes. You can also prepare your movie time snacks by tossing a tablespoon of dukkah on your fried chickpeas or popcorn.

Harissa
If you love hot and fiery spices, then you must definitely try the harissa. This crimson spice is prepared by blending dried garlic, caraway seeds, salt, cumin, sweet paprika, hot chilli pepper, and a dash of vegetable oil. The spice blend originated in Tunisia, but it is used in countries across the world to give their grilled meats a dry rub. You can also use it in your scrambled eggs for a spicier breakfast.

Saffron
The threads of saffron are one of the most expensive herbs in the world. However, the good news is that you only need a pinch to add its rich taste and colour to your dish. This golden-yellow hued herb has a delicate floral aroma. You can add them to your desserts or enrich the taste of your biryani with the elegant taste of saffron.

Want to make your pantry more aromatic and flavourful? Add these spices to your spice cabinet and introduce a whole new world of taste and culture to your dishes.

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