Every country has their special spice mix; India has it’s various curry powders, there is also the delicious Chinese Five Spice and a favorite in my house is this Baharat Arabic Spice Mix and Lebanese Spice Mix. All different mixtures of exotic and hopefully fresh, dry and toasted spices to bring out the best essential oils and flavor.
My batch of Moroccan Seven Spice mix was just about empty and the lamb meatballs I was going to make needed it. Badly. I mean, how can you have Moroccan meatballs without the country’s famous spice mixture?
Here is a wonderful recipe for the mixture. Can’t remember where I picked this one up, but I believe it to be from a friend’s mother who I befriended while traveling lower Egypt some years back. We were chatting away about food on the bus taking us to Abu Simbel to see a magnificent Ramses II temple (as well as Nefatari’s temple adjacent to his) near the Sudan border.
That’s Dave on the left, I’m on the right with hat in front of the temple at Abu Simbel.
It’s one of my favorite temples to visit besides Deir el-Bahari, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the first female Egyptian pharaoh to rule.
Sorry, Cleopatra doesn’t count as she was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Macedonian Greeks that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death. Hatshepsut came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. Cleopatra was born 69 BC.
Here we are again, Dave all bundled up in a scarf we had picked up in the markets of Luxor across the Nile from here. Actually on the exact opposite of the mountain wall behind us is the Valley of the Kings, where so many famed tombs, such as King Tut, were discovered.
Here is one of many statues of Hatshepsut lining the exterior second level entrance. I love the fact the original paint is still intact on her and the temple.
I took these shots on an inner wall of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Amazing right?
Check out the detailed offerings of food.
I could go on and on about Egypt, it’s food, spices, people, and historical aspects forever. Been an Egyptophile for as long as I can remember.
Anyways, this is about Morocco, not Egypt and this is one killer spice mix. I love to add it to meatballs, grilled meats and to include as a dry rub.
Simply combine the spices and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container. I like to make small batches and keep on hand for the occasional need for a Moroccan influenced dish.
One day we’ll make the trip to Morocco, visit the endless souks and barter away for more spices! For now this little taste of Morocco will have to do, try it out and enjoy this little exotic flavor travel!
- ⅓ cup black pepper
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cardamom
- ½ tsp clove
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Combine spices and mix thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container.