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Geographic Spice Index for African and Middle Eastern Cuisines

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Interested in exploring world cuisines?  You know the food is all about the herbs and spices no matter what part of the world you're in.  If you can combine them correctly you can go back home and recreate the tasty wonders you experienced.  Came across an interesting informational link. It's an index that helps you find herbs and spices by arranging them according to the region: Africa, America, Asia, etc.


Some of the more popular spices for African and Middle Eastern cuisines are suggested below.

Kefta - Moroccan Meatball Spice

Kefta spice blend is an authentic Moroccan recipe which includes: Coriander, Cumin, Spearmint, Paprika, Cayenne, Marjoram, Garlic, and other spices.

100% Sumac Spice

Sumac is a very popular condiment in Turkey and Iran, where the ground fruits are liberally sprinkled over rice. Mixed with freshly cut onions, it is frequently eaten as an appetizer.



Couscous Spice Mix

Cous Cous is the traditional meal of Morocco, usually prepared with at least seven different vegetables.

Ingredients are:  peppercorns, ras el hanout, ginger, nutmeg, yellow curry, sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper.

Ras El Hanout

Ras el Hanout – Ingredients include over 30 different herbs and spices, such as: Grains of Paradise, Lavender, turmeric, ajawan seeds, kalajeera, ginger, galangal, oris root, rose buds, monk's pepper, cinnamon and more!  Native to Morocco, every spice vendor in the region has its own original blend recipe.

Ras el Hanout literally means “head of the store” or the “best spice mixture” a merchant has to offer.


Preserved Lemons

With their soft and subtle flavor, preserved lemons add mild zing to countless North African and Mediterranean dishes.These lemons, preserved in salt and lemon juice, taste like nothing else. They turn sour and salty. Try little pieces in greens salads, or tucked into baked sweet potatoes, cooked with greens, or added to a stew or soup. Use the lemons wherever you need a tart, spicy accent.


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