Shortcut Baharat Spice Blend

Make a robustly flavored baharat spice blend with only one measuring spoon using this simple formula.

Course seasoning
Cuisine gluten-free, grain-free, oil-free, paleo, sugar-free, vegan
Keyword baharat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Total Yield 3 tablespoons
Calories Per Serving 7 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


Equal parts of the following:

  • Black peppercorns
  • Coriander seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • red pepper flakes (reduce by half if you don't want a spicy blend)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Caraway seeds
  • Ground allspice
  • Ground nutmeg

Per teaspoon of the other spices (for example, if you use 1/2 tsp. of each spice above, you'll use 1 cardamom pod and 1 clove):

  • seeds of 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves


  • a pinch of saffron


  1. In a small, nonstick skillet over medium heat, add all of the whole spices (peppercorns through caraway seeds, cardamom seeds, and cloves).
  2. Toast the spices, stirring frequently, until they become fragrant and the lighter ones start to darken slightly, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Grind the toasted spices together with the allspice, nutmeg, and (optional) saffron using the kitchen implement of your choice (coffee or spice grinder, mortar and pestle, blender, etc.).
  4. Store in an airtight container; will keep at room temperature for about a month, or longer in the refrigerator or freezer. Grinding whole spices releases their oils, which decay over time, and cold temperature can slow this process.
Nutrition Facts
Shortcut Baharat Spice Blend
Amount Per Serving (1 teaspoon)
Calories 7
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 16mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.