Bzar (Emirati Spice Mix)

This garam masala—like spice is a common Emirati flavoring: It's often blended with clarified butter or simply sprinkled into soups, stews, and other dishes. This recipe first appeared in our August/September issue along with Anissa Helou's story Breaking the Fast

Bzar (Emirati Spice Mix)
This garam masala—like spice is a common Emirati flavoring: It's often blended with clarified butter or simply sprinkled into soups, stews, and other dishes.
Yield: makes 1 1/4 Cups

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups black peppercorns
  • ¼ cumin seeds
  • ¼ cups coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tbsp. green cardamom pods
  • 3 dried chiles de arbol, stemmed
  • 2 sticks cinnamon, broken in half
  • 1 whole nutmeg, broken into pieces
  • 1½ tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. ground turmeric

Instructions

  1. Working with one spice at a time, grind peppercorns, cumin, coriander, cloves, cardamom, chiles, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a spice grinder until finely ground; transfer to a bowl and stir in ginger and turmeric. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 year.