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A small jar of homemade Gulf-style baharat

Bahārāt (Arabic: بَهَارَات‎) is a spice mixture or blend used in Middle Eastern cuisines. Bahārāt is the Arabic word for "spices" (the plural form of bahār "spice").[1] The mixture of finely ground spices is often used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups and may be used as a condiment.


Ingredients for a Gulf-style baharat

Typical ingredients of baharat may include:

Other variants[edit]

Turkish baharat includes mint in the largest proportion. In Tunisia, baharat refers to a simple mixture of dried rosebuds and ground cinnamon, often combined with black pepper. In Eastern Arabia, loomi (dried black lime) and saffron may also be used for the kebsa spice mixture (also called "baharat").

A typical recipe for baharat is a mixture of the following finely ground ingredients:[citation needed]

  • 6 parts paprika
  • 4 parts black pepper
  • 4 parts cumin seeds
  • 3 parts cinnamon
  • 3 parts cloves
  • 3 parts coriander seeds
  • 3 parts nutmeg
  • 1 part cardamom pods

The mixture can be rubbed into meat or mixed with olive oil and lime juice to form a marinade.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wehr, Hand (1979). A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (4th ed.). Harrassowitz. p. 96.