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Herbs and Spices Used in Middle Eastern Spice Mix

by Tyler P. A Passionate Blogger - Entertainment

The colourful culture of Middle East conjures up the image of spice-lined bazars, the smell of attar wafting in the air, and skyline dotted with majestic domes. However, underneath it all lies a rich cuisine that has been sprinkled with a unique set of spices and herbs.

Middle eastern cuisine is made from fresh breads, cheese, olives, yogurt, and lots of grilled veggies that are normally seasoned with Middle Eastern Spices Collection and served in family style.

While the spices have a flavour of their own, they do overlap with Indian and/or South Asian flavours. Therefore, it can help to know what spices and herbs make the middle eastern spice mix.

Ground Sumac

This maroonish-black powder is obtained from a wild berry known as sumac that is unique to Middle Eastern cuisine. This spice has a sour flavour and often used in Easy Family Meals Recipes such as mezze. It is also sprinkled over hummus and salads for tartness. It is usually added right before serving and considered to be one of the main spices in za’atar.  

Isot

This is a one-of-a-kind chilli pepper flake that has a smoky taste and often used in the preparation of kebabs. It is mild in taste, compared to most red pepper found in other parts of the world.

Dry Oregano

Dry oregano is falsely believed to be Italian only. However, it is also used extensively in Middle Eastern as well as Turkish cuisines. It is a common ingredient in lamb dishes such as kebabs and a flavour enhancer in stews. The herb is extremely potent and fragrant. Therefore, it must be used in limited quantities only.

 

Nigella Seeds

In some parts of the world, Nigella Seeds are also known as black cumin. These seeds have a strong aroma and flavour when roasted. They are also used as an inhalant to treat nasal congestion. They are mostly added to freshly baked breads.

Dry Mint

Since it is not always easy to find fresh mint, locals often use dry mint which is used in teas and sprinkled on mezze platters as well as salads. Dry mint can be easily prepared and helps in food digestion as well.

Even though you can mix all these spice blends and easily make it at home, but you may not always get the best taste. The locals not only use freshly ground spices but also know the exact composition of each spice to give you that unforgettable taste.

These days it is possible to buy Middle Eastern spice mix online. Regardless of where you get your spices from, make sure that they are always stored away from light and heat to maintain its shelf life.


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