Terra Rossa Baharat Spice Mix transforms any Middle Eastern dish. Terra Rossa’s founder Hanan explains “Baharat is the Arab equivalent of the Indian spice mix Garam Masala. Our recipe is very close to what my own mother used to make – hence we have called it Mama’s Baharat”.
The exact blend of spices in a baharat mix can vary from country to country, as well as between households. Terra Rossa’s Baharat Spice Mix is a beautifully aromatic blend, including coriander, dill, galangal, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, bay leaves and karawya seeds. Use the baharat dry as a rub for lamb, or mix with extra virgin olive oil for a quick marinade for chicken and fish too. Stir into Greek yoghurt and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a delicious dip or a marinade that works brilliantly for chicken or meat that’s going on the barbecue. You can also use baharat as an everyday seasoning – simply sprinkle into stews, curries, over vegetables and soup to instantly bring the Middle East to dinner.
Terra Rossa’s founder, Hanan Samara, has created a beautiful range of spices and sauces based on the Middle Eastern flavours from her childhood. Hanan was born in Iraq to Palestinian parents and exiled to the UK In 1969. Terra Rossa is the Latin name for ‘red soil’, and the Romans’ biblical name for the Levant area of the Middle East with its distinctive coloured earth – spreading across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.
Today Hanan travels to Jordan twice a year to meet with the master spice blender at her favourite spice market. They taste the spices together to ensure the flavours are consistent year round, adjusting the recipe a little every time. In a milder year, they might use a touch more of the stronger Palestinian za’atar or wild thyme. And in a different season, perhaps more of the milder Jordanian za’atar. Hanan then uses these spices to make Terra Rossa’s sauces in the UK, with flavours inspired by her heritage. The spice blends and sauces win Great Taste Awards year after year.
Ingredients: coriander, cumin, dill, galangal, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, dry lemon, karawya (caraway).