Shawarma Spice Blend

Shawarma spice mix, traditionally celebrated for its role in seasoning the iconic Middle Eastern street food, shawarma, has evolved beyond its original application. This blend of spices is no longer confined to marinating meats for roasting on a slow-turning vertical rotisserie. It has transcended cultural and culinary boundaries to become a versatile ingredient in modern cooking. By infusing vegan staples such as lentils, chickpeas, and a variety of vegetables with this aromatic mix, it’s possible to elevate simple dishes to new heights, offering a taste of the Middle East’s vibrant markets right at your dining table.

Key Components of the Shawarma Spice Mix

  • Ground Cumin: This spice stands at the forefront of the mix, providing a robust, earthy foundation reminiscent of classic Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Paprika: It lends a sweet undertone and a vibrant color, enhancing the visual appeal and introducing a gentle flavor.
  • Turmeric: Known for its health benefits, turmeric adds a brilliant yellow color and a distinct earthy taste.
  • Coriander: With its citrusy and subtly sweet notes, coriander complements the other spices, adding a layer of complexity.
  • Cinnamon: This spice introduces a sweet, woody aroma, contributing to the depth and richness of the mix.
  • Cardamom: Though used sparingly, cardamom imparts a unique, aromatic, and slightly sweet essence that is unmistakably characteristic.
  • Cayenne Pepper: This provides a customizable kick of heat, enhancing the spice mix’s warmth without overpowering the intricate balance of flavors.

The versatility and dynamic nature of the shawarma spice mix embody the fusion of traditional and contemporary culinary worlds. It invites a creative exploration of flavors, encouraging the transformation of ordinary ingredients into extraordinary dishes that resonate with the soul of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Preparation time 5 min
This recipe keeps for 90 days

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 tbsp, ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp, ground Coriander seed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp, ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne

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  1. Combine all the spices in a small jar, then shake or stir to blend them together. This mixture will remain fresh at room temperature for several months.

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One serving contains 23 calories, 1 grams of protein, 1 grams of fat, and 4 grams of carbohydrates.

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Andreea Matei

Hi, I'm Andreea Matei, one of the founders. Calling me a foodie would be an understatement. I wholeheartedly embrace life through the realm of taste. My kitchen experiments are my superpower. For me, amazing food encompasses three dimensions: it must be crazy delicious, nutritious, and mindful of our animal friends and beautiful planet.