After all, what is food without spice?
Without the rich enhancements that spices provide to food, bland and boring is the answer to that question!
Food from the Middle East has a rich history of spice blends that make up the flavors of the various tastes of the region.
The spice trade began in the Middle East around 2000 BC.
Traders from the Indonesian islands sailed around China and India ending up in the Arabian Peninsula.
We know that the ancient Egyptians used herbs for embalming.
This demand was part of what encouraged trade in the exotic commodities from the Far East.
Herbs were used mainly in medicine, and many spices were used as a type of currency.
In the Middle Ages, spices were very important due to a lack of refrigeration at the time.
Spices were used to preserve food, and to also mask the smells of the not so fresh food being consumed.
Today India is the top spice producing country.
Spices have taken a less central role in world trade and politics, with more than enough to go around.
What is Seven Spice Mix?
Seven spice is a mixture of spices that differs depending on the region you find them in.
Some categories are known as Arabic, Morrocan or Lebanese 7 spice variations.
Arabic seven spice will include a variation on popular spices in a particular area.
Lebanese seven spice will more likely consist of a tablespoon each of the following spices:
As you can see all of these seven spice recipes have some overlapping spices included in their blends.
The great thing about seven spices is that in this current day and age it is very easy to find all the spices needed to make it.
In past times it would have been a major hassle depending on your location in the world.
There is not one fixed seven spice mixture; different dishes require a different combination.
The quantity of spices that are appropriately paired with each other can also vary.
My own mix which is listed below is based on my favorite flavors.
As you can see it’s a variation on the other mixes that I listed above.
Make It How You Like
One of the nice things about making your own seven spice mixture is that you can make it how you like it.
If you favor a stronger flavour of a particular spice, then give that spice a larger share of the mix.
The biggest joy of cooking in my opinion is that you can make food just the way you like it, most dishes are forgiving that way.
You are the chef, which puts you in charge of the flavors at your disposal.
Go ahead and experiment.
Don’t be afraid to follow your own taste buds, and where they take you.
If you end up somewhere you don’t like, start again!
Seven Spices Recipe
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Use good quality spices to make the most of the flavors.