Baharat is an Arab seasoning mix containing anywhere from three to nine spices (the most popular versions have seven). Fatima Abbas, the Michegan-based Lebanese American home cook who shared this festive and fragrant djaj mahshi recipe with us, says that any seven-spice baharat will work here. Find the blend at your local spice shop, order it online (Burlap & Barrel makes an excellent version), or mix up a batch of your own.
This recipe ran alongside Alia Yunis' 2003 article: "Consuming Faith."
- 1 1⁄2 cups long-grain rice
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄2 lb. ground beef or lamb
- 3⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3⁄4 tsp. baharat
- 3⁄4 tsp. garlic salt
- 3⁄4 tsp. onion salt
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 lemons, halved
- Three 3½–4 lb. whole chickens
- 6 pinches paprika