Sep 5, 2012

Shoarma Seasoning

Shoarma Spice Mix

Now and then I’ll buy a commercially prepared spice mix that I always regret buying after tasting it. These mixes seem to lack any kind of flavour—you can tell the spices are old and have lost a lot of their strength—are way too salty, and you can taste the MSG and pretty much nothing else.

That’s why I make my own spice mixes. Using whole spices when I can, toasting them first to bring out their flavour, and then using a spice or coffee-mill to grind them gives you a far better result than any kind of store-bought mix could ever give. It tastes different from store-bought, but in a really good way.

Same applies to this Shoarma Seasoning (also known as Shawarma). Shoarma is probably one of the most popular Middle Eastern foods you can find in the Netherlands.

 
Ingredients:

1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp allspice berries
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
1 tsp ground parsley
1 tsp kosher salt

 
Directions:

I combine ground spices with roasted whole spices because it just gives me the best result. You can use all ground as well, of course.
 

Put the first 5 spices in a dry, hot skillet and just toss them around for a good 2 minutes.
Shoarma Spice Mix

Combine the remaining spices in a mortar, spice mill or coffee mill.
Shoarma Spice Mix

Add your dry-roasted spices.
Shoarma Spice Mix

And blitz until you have a fine grind. This smells and tastes so much better than a store-bought mix. Different, though, but in a good way.
Shoarma Spice Mix

Last but not least, stir in the dried parsley flakes.
Shoarma Spice Mix

 
This makes for about 3 tbsp spice mix. I generally use 1 tbsp per 1/2 a pound of meat or poultry.
 

Store in an air-tight container.
Shoarma Spice Mix

Shoarma Seasoning
Ingredients
    1/2 tsp black peppercorns
    1/2 tsp allspice berries
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1 tsp coriander seeds
    1 small cinnamon stick
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
    1 tsp ground parsley
    1 tsp kosher salt

Directions
    I combine ground spices with roasted whole spices because it just gives me the best result. You can use all ground as well, of course.

    Put the first 5 spices in a dry, hot skillet and just toss them around for a good 2 minutes. Combine the remaining spices in a mortar, spice mill or coffee mill and the dry-roasted spices. Blitz until you have a fine grind and stir in the parsley flakes.

    Store in an air-tight container.

Meal type: Spices
Servings: 1
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