A great amount of controversy surrounds this recipe. Okay, not a great amount. Maybe not even a significant amount…okay, okay! I actually don’t know if anyone knows this is a thing.
When I first started cooking Middle Eastern food, I discovered a spice mixture that I grew to know as Lebanese 7 Spice. I quickly learned that the “7” spices were, in fact, “8” spices and that countries all over the Middle East used this blend. Then I altered the blend to include 2 more spices, which turned it into a, “Black Puerto Rican’s Middle Eastern 10 Spice Blend.” That left me in quite the conundrum. Do I continue the charade that is “Lebanese 7 Spice”, or do I call it what it is (Middle Eastern Spice Blend)? I could do what Middle Easterners do and call it bokharat but then I’d be a poser, because I don’t even speak Arabic…shoot, I barely speak English well and my Spanish is more Spanglish than anything else. So, I did what felt right and changed the name.
Now, you can call it whatever you’d like, I won’t mind. I would mind it if you didn’t make and use it at least once in your life. I love the warmth and depth it gives to any dish I use it in (especially meat). I’ve been known to use it in everything from my meatloaf to my smoked ribs- it’s that good. All of the spices should be easily accessible, unless you live in Central Texas- namely near Fort Hood; then fenugreek will be almost impossible to find. You can substitute mustard for it, but you’ll need to cut back on the measurement as mustard’s a bit stronger. All you need do is mix up a batch and store it in a pint sized Mason jar in your spice cabinet. Sprinkle that ish like glitter over everything and watch your family and friends heap the praises on you.
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp ground allspice
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground fenugreek or 1½ tsp ground mustard
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Use as needed.