Baharat Spice Blend

Here is my take on a Baharat spice blend. Baharat is an Arabic word meaning simply “spices”. Usually made without salt, this blend comes directly from Middle Eastern countries and is used for seasoning and cooking many types of foods.

The Baharat spice blend is mainly used for meat, rice and soups. This spice blend has a rather earthy flavor with hints of sweetness. It is not a spicy mix. Like all other spice blends, it is truly forgiving and can be easily customized to your liking.

Mixing the spices together to make Baharat (7 spices) spice blend.
A delicious and perfumed Baharat spice blend.

Why making your own Baharat spice mix

There are many reasons to make your own no salt spice mix. Here are the main ones :

  1. It takes less than 5 minutes to do it yourself.
  2. You can customize it as you want.
  3. It’s possible omit or replace the spices you don’t like.
  4. You know exactly what’s in it.

Renal nutrition

The main issue with prefabricated spice blends is the sodium content. Many of them contain salt, some much more than others.

In addition, many spice blends displayed without salt contain potassium chloride, an additive to avoid. Mixtures may also contain other additives such as monosodium glutamate, industrial sugars or preservatives.

In this recipe, there is none of this. So you are sure to get a healthy and low sodium spice blend.

Nutrition facts and claims

Here are the nutritional values and claims of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Baharat Spice Blend
Serving Size
 
1 tsp / 5 ml / 1.7g
Amount per Serving
Calories
5
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0
g
0
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0
g
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
17
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
0
g
0
%
Protein
 
0
g
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Phosphorus
 
3
mg
0
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

For informational purposes only.

Spices to make a Baharat spice blend

There is no specific or traditional recipe for making a Baharat spice blend. I did a lot of research to find a real traditional blend, or at least more information about it but frankly I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t conflicting.

Ultimately, everyone has his own blend, and it varies enormously depending on the country, the available spices and mostly the cook who created the recipe.

So for my recipe, I created my own mix by tasting different variations of it over and over. In the end, I liked the one I made, but that doesn’t mean you will like this exact blend.

So here is a list of all the spices that are commonly used to make Baharat according to Wikipedia if you wish to modify it. These are the usual whole spices, but you can use their ground counterpart like I did.

  • Allspice
  • Black peppercorns
  • Cardamom seeds
  • Cinnamon (Cassia)
  • Cloves
  • Coriander seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Turmeric
  • Saffron
  • Ginger
  • Paprika
All the spices needed to make the low sodium Baharat spice mix.
All the required spices to make this wonderful blend.

How to make your own low sodium Baharat

Ground spices

There are many ways to make your own low sodium Baharat spice blend. In this recipe, I’m using already ground spices, so it’s as easy and quick as it gets. You just need to get the right amounts, adjust to taste, combine and use!

Whole spices

If you want to get more flavor, you can try grinding whole spices yourself with a spice grinder. This will give more flavor and the whole spices are easier to store, so you will have fresher ground spices.

Toasting the spices

This is the most complex way, but it is said to create a blend of Baharat with more aroma and depth. Be aware that you will need to toast whole spices, not ground spices.

Variations for the Baharat spice mix

Turkish variation

The main difference with Turkish Baharat blend is the addition of mint. This herb can bring a whole new experience to your kitchen.

Tunisian variation

The Tunisian variant is also very different. In Tunisia, they use dried rose petals in their mixture. If you can get dried rose petals, you should try it!

Spicy Baharat blend

Ultimately, it’s your mix. Baharat wasn’t meant to be spicy, but if that’s what you like, why not tweak it a bit? If you want to make it spicy, you can easily add cayenne pepper.

Any type of ground pepper should go well in this mixture too. Just make sure you don’t overpower the overall flavor by adding too much. Add little by little at a time like 1/8 teaspoon or 1/4 teaspoon.

Smoky Baharat blend

If you want to add a sweeter and smokier aroma to your spice mix, you should try using smoked paprika. Simply trade the same amount of paprika for smoked paprika!

A portrait of the low sodium Baharat spice mix presented on a wooden board.
A blend ready to make you discover new flavors!

How to use your Baharat spice blend

Dry rub

This mixture can be used as a dry rub for grilling meat. I tried this on beef and it was great. It really changed the taste of meat without overpowering it. It’s also great for tofu!

Marinade

This spice blend can be used to make your own Baharat marinade. Simply combine oil, lemon juice or vinegar and Baharat spice blend to create a truly tasty and unique marinade.

Roasting vegetables

Simply mix your vegetable with oil combined with this Baharat spice blend and give your roasted vegetables a new twist!

Seasonning

You can also use it as is or combine it with your mayonnaise, hummus, rice, etc. I tried it with a cranberry-edamame-couscous salad and it was surprisingly good!

Conservation

The storage of your low sodium Baharat spice blend will depend on the spices you use to prepare it. It will keep much longer if you use fresh spices. It may also keep longer if you use fresh whole spices.

As a general rule, ground spices bought at the grocery store can keep their full potential up to a year, but 6 months is a safer bet.

They will not be unusable after that time, but they will probably have lost some of their fragrances and flavors. Once they’re tasteless and lumpy, they’re useless and adding more won’t help.

Cool, dry and dark place

The best way to store spices is to store them in a cool, dry place in a tightly closed container. Also, avoid exposing them unnecessarily to direct light, spices and herbs are photosensitive, some more than others.

Heat and moisture

Heat and humidity can greatly affect your spices. In addition to keeping them in a cool and dry place, you must avoid at all costs dumping them directly into your food, especially while you are cooking.

I’m the first culprit to have this bad habit, but it’s something everyone should pay attention to. Throwing spices directly over your food from the spice container can expose them to a lot of moisture (steam) and heat, two things that can deteriorate spices considerably.

Recipes using this Baharat spice mix

Here is a list of all the recipes I made that use this no salt Baharat spice blend spice blend:

(Coming soon!)

If you like this spice blend

If you like this spice blend, be sure to check out my other salt free and kidney friendly spice blends:

(Coming soon!)

Baharat Spice Blend

Baharat (Arabic word for "spices") is a blend of spices from the Middle Eastern countries which is also sometimes referred as "7 spices". Very versatile and commonly used in those countries, this blend has a rather earthy flavor with hints of sweetness. It is ideal for seasoning various types of foods.
5 from 1 vote
PREP TIME5 mins
TOTAL TIME5 mins
SERVINGS20 servings (1 tsp / 1.7g)
KIDNEY NUTRITIONLow phosphorus | Low potassium | Low protein | Low sodium | No added sugar | Vegan | Vegetarian
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INGREDIENTS

Blend with allspice

  • tbsp paprika (9 parts)
  • 1 tbsp allspice (6 parts)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (6 parts)
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander seeds (6 parts)
  • ½ tbsp ground black pepper (3 parts)
  • 2 tsp ground cloves (4 parts)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin seeds (4 parts)
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg (1 part)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Just mix all the spices thoroughly. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry pantry. This spice blend can be stored for up to 6 months, depending on the age of the spices used.

NOTES

Note 1 – Customize to your liking
I created this blend to my liking. Feel free to personalize it. Usually, spice blends are really flexible recipes.
If you don’t like one or some of the spices used in this blend, you can omit them or try substituting them. For example, if you don’t like coriander, you can skip it. Read the Spices to make a Baharat spice blend section above to learn about the different spices that can be used in this blend.
Note 2 – What is the traditional Baharat blend?
There is no exact recipe for recreating a traditional Baharat. Baharat is the Arabic word for “spices” and there is as many variations as there is foodies out there.

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutrition Facts
Baharat Spice Blend
Serving Size
 
1 tsp / 5 ml / 1.7g
Amount per Serving
Calories
5
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0
g
0
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0
g
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
17
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
0
g
0
%
Protein
 
0
g
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Phosphorus
 
3
mg
0
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

For informational purposes only. Nutrition data is primarily calculated from the USDA National Database. Values may vary from accuracy of measurements, brands, nutritional data and more. All measurements are metric (1 cup = 250ml). Readers are encouraged to make their own calculations.

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