MIDDLE EASTERN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
We want to inspire you to create wonderful dishes inspired by the Middle East. These 12 ingredients are what we think are essential items for your kitchen cupboard.
Lebanese 7 Spice : Lebanese seven spices – is a mix of spices (black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, fenugreek) that brings a burst of flavour to the taste buds. We use our 7 spice in savoury and sweet dishes. Add to soup, cakes or dressings for your vegetables. Addictive and delicious.
Bharat: Bharat is another popular spice blend used throughout the Middle East. The mix alters from region to region and ranges from sweet to floral to spicy. The mix often combines. allspice, ginger, cinnamon, rosebuds, black peppercorns and caraway seeds. Mix into ground lamb for your kofte; sprinkle over tzatziki or add to your marinades.
Sumac: The ground tart red berries of the Mediterranean sumac bush add a fruity, sour flavour. Garnish hummus, baba ghanoush, add to a tomato and cucumber salad or any number of savoury dishes.
Bulghar: A quick-cooking whole grain is made by parboiling, drying and grinding or cracking wheat berries. We use a fine grain in tabbouleh and a coarse grain for your side dishes.
Saffron: The majority of these crimson-colored threads are grown in Iran, and are the delicate stigmas of the saffron crocus flower. They lend a vivid golden hue and rich floral flavour to variety of dishes. Regularly used in rice dishes, rice pudding and tagines.
Freekah: This is an incredible green wheat used throughout the middle east. Made from young green wheat that's been roasted and cracked, this whole grain has a toasty, nutty flavor. Use it as your carbohydrate instead of rice, pasta or potataoes. Discovering this was an utter revelation!
Z’atar Leaves : A wild herb from the same family as thyme and oregano. Za'atar has thin, pointy leaves, like rosemary, and a lemony, peppery flavour. Swap for thyme, oregano, marjoram or rosemary; sprinkle on grilled vegetables, meat or seafood.
Z’atar mix: A very popular popular Mediterranean spice blend za'atar, which includes Z’atar leaves, sesame seeds and salt. Use it on and in your dips, marinades, sprinkle of bread, make your own seed mix and add this delicious herb mix. Too many uses to mention!
Pomegranate Molasses: We use this in marinades, sauces, dressings, drizzling and glazing. Made from reduced tart pomegranate juice, this dark red syrup adds sweetness and acidity.
Rose Blossom Water : A classic floral aroma use throughout the middle east in cakes, pastries and tea.
Orange Blossom Water : Fresh and fragrant. Distilled using traditional Lebanese methods, this orange blossom water is also perfect to add to your cakes, pastries and puddings. Or Great for giving your rice and couscous a lift.
Tahini: Tahini, the versatile condiment has been a staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for millennia. It’s a common ingredient in dressings and pastries, called for over and over again in. Be warned “They’re not all the same.” Always look for a smooth, creamy tahini - we recommend those from Lebanon.