Arabic Seven Spice Mix (Barahat)

This spice mix is quite different to the Lebanese Seven Spice Mix but is used in a similar way. It also makes an interesting rub for BBQ meats or roasts.

To make this mix, use powdered or ground spices - see tip below for using whole spices.


  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom


  1. Mix all the spices together
  2. Store in a screw top jar until needed.


A more flavoursome mix is made with whole spices that you heat in a frying pan until fragrant before grinding in a mortar and pestle.