I’ve been using Baharat in a few dishes lately and enjoying it quite a bit. Baharat is an all purpose blend used in the Middle East and parts of North Africa. It turns out that each area has a slight variation in their spices. Since my most recent recipes used black lemons, I decided to go with a Persian gulf variation that calls for them. I made about a cup so I could have some pre-made for any other recipes that might happen to use it in the future. To heighten the spice’s aroma, you can toast to order for a recipe or just toast the whole batch in a hot pan before sealing in a jar.
I was looking for a tasty snack–something to munch on during the day that had a good amount of filling protein but also packed with flavor. I came across a recipe for baked chickpeas and was intrigued because I always liked them in stews and soups but had never tried them on their own. The chickpeas are lightly tossed with olive oil, rolled in a spice blend, and baked until they become dry and crispy. They remind me a little of popcorn but so much healthier and tastier! The spice blend can be adjusted to your own tastes, whether you want it saltier, sweeter, or spicier. I preferred the spicy and salty, but I plan to experiment more and see what I like best.
Garam Masala is a really common spice blend in Indian food. I have had this posted in a bunch of other recipes but the blend deserves a post of its own. I decided to go with a simpler version since I don’t own a spice blender. To get the best flavors you would have to toast and grind whole spices (cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg seeds, etc.) which is great if you can find the whole spices. I couldn’t so I just went with the ground spices and mixed them together. Very easy to make, and I just store what I don’t use in an empty spice container.