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29 Spice Mix Recipes from Around the World

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world

From ras el hanout to herbes de provence, herb and spice mixes are essential to many cuisines around the world. Bringing these blends into your own kitchen can lend authenticity to international dishes and provide creative inspiration for your everyday cooking. Ready for this trip across the globe? No passport required!

African Spice Mix Recipes

( Berbere, Dukkah, Harissa, Ras el Hanout )

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


Ethiopian Spice Mix (Berbere) – A heady combination of spicy, bitter, and sweet spices.

· 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek (Find it here)
· 1/2 cup ground dried New Mexico chiles
· 1/4 cup paprika (find it here)
· 1 tablespoon salt
· 1 teaspoon ground ginger
· 1 teaspoon onion powder
· 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (find it here)
· 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
· 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (find it here)
· 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (find it here)

Egyptian Spice Mix (Dukkah) – An Egyptian mix of toasted nuts and seeds like hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin.
· 2/3 cup hazelnuts, ground
· 1/2 cup sesame seeds, ground
· 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, ground (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, ground (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
· 1 teaspoon sea salt


Moroccan Spice Mix( Ras el Hanout) – A varying blend of spices used in North African cooking, especially Morocco. The exact ingredients used to make this blend may change according to the individual cook. This blend is used to flavor stews, rice, and pasta. Other versions may include cardamom, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, turmeric and even dried rose petals.
· 1 teaspoon mace
· 1 teaspoon allspice (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon nutmeg
· 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon black pepper


Northern Africa Spice Mix (Harissa) –
This spice blend is traditionally used to flavor couscous. It is a very hot chili paste. This recipe can also be served as a spread along with bread or tossed with pasta, rice or steamed vegetables. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. A milder version of this paste can be made by using sun dried tomatoes in place of the dried chilies and adding 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
· 1/4 cup dried chilies (or sundried tomatoes for less spicy)
· 4 cloves garlic
· 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon cumin (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (find it here)
· 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves or 2 tablespoons of fresh
· 1/3 cup olive oil
1. Reconstitute the dried chilies by covering them with boiling water and letting them soak for 30 minutes.
2. Drain off and discard the liquid and squeeze out any excess moisture.
3. Grind the reconstituted chilies and all the remaining ingredients to a paste using a mortar and pestle, blender or food processor.


Asian Spice Mix Recipes

(Chinese Five Spice, Japanese 7 spice, Thai Seasoning, Bumbu Bali)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


Chinese Five Spice – A little of this pungent mix goes a long way, giving dishes a balanced hit of sweet, savory, bitter, and sour.

· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon ground cloves (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and ground (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon ground star anise (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground

Japanese 7 Spice Blend (Shichimi Togarashi) – Spicy Japanese seasoning blend, also known as Shichimi Togarashi, includes chilies, sesame, orange peel, nori and more, is used to flavor soups, noodles dishes, grilled meats and seafood.
· 1/2 sheet nori, ground (Find it here)
· 1 tablespoon dried Orange Peel
· 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
· 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
· 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
· 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
· 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, ground


Thai Seasoning Mix – This spice blend can be used to impart Thai flavor into anything. You can also use it as a dry rub for things like tofu. To make an easy Thai marinade, toss a generous scoop of this seasoning mixture into creamy coconut milk.”

· 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin (find it here)
· 1 tablespoon sea salt
· 1 tablespoon fresh ground white pepper
· 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
· 1 tablespoon ground dried hot Thai red chili pepper (to taste)
· 2 tablespoons dried lemongrass (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons dried lime zest
· 2 tablespoons garlic powder
· 2 tablespoons ground ginger
· 2 tablespoons dried mint
· 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut, ground
· 1 -2 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)


Balinese spice mix (Bumbu Bali) – Balinese cooking is very different from general Indonesian cooking. Balinese food tends to be either very spicy or very sweet. Many Balinese have one spice mixture called base gede or bumbu bali that they prepare in a large quantity and use in their everyday cooking. It’s like all-spice, Balinese style

  • 25 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 7 large red chillies, seeded and chopped (If you don’t like spicy, substitute dried tomatoes)
  • 5 cm galangal root (substitute: ginger), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp powdered turmeric (find it here)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds (find it here)
  • 6 almonds
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg (or powder)
  • 3 cloves (find it here)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 pinch cumin (find it here)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seed

Using a blender, mix all of the above ingredients except the oil.  Add a half portion of water into the blender to create spice mix.  Heat the oil in a wok or heavy pan, add the blended spice mix and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes until the mix turns golden.  Cool before using.  Can be frozen.

European Spice Mix Recipes

(Fines Herbes, Herbes de Provence, Khmeli Suneli, Quatre Epices, Mediterranean Spice Mix)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


French Spice Mix (Fines Herbes) – A French blend of four fresh or dry herbs, such as chervil, chives, tarragon, and parlsey.

· 4 teaspoons dried tarragon (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons dried chervil (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons dried chives
· 2 tablespoons dried parsley
· 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme

Southern French Spice Mix (Herbes de Provence) – A seasoning blend featuring many of the herbs that grow most abundantly in southern France.
· 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
· • 1 tablespoon fennel seed (find it here)
· • 2 tablespoons dried savory
· • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
· • 2 tablespoons dried basil
· • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
· • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers (find it here)
· • 2 tablespoons dried Italian parsley
· • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
· • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon (find it here)
· • 1 teaspoon bay powder


Georgian Spice Mix (Khmeli Suneli) – A Georgian mix of warm, nutty, grassy, and bitter spices like fenugreek, coriander, savory, and black peppercorns. This seasoning is usually used liberally to flavor kharchio, a thick, stew like soup

· 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
· 2 tablespoons dried dill
· 2 tablespoons dried savory
· 2 tablespoons dried mint
· 2 tablespoons dried parsley
· 2 tablespoons ground coriander (find it here)
· 1 tablespoons dried fenugreek (Find it here)
· 2 teaspoons dried ground marigold petals (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
· 2 crushed bay leaves

French Spice Mix (Quatre Epices) – Meaning “four spices,” this French blend typically includes ground black and/or white pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.

· 2 tablespoons ground white pepper
· 1 tablespoon ground ginger
· 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
· 1 tablespoon ground cloves (find it here)

Mediterranean Spice Mix – This is a great spice to change up the tastes of your meats, casseroles, sauces and salads. Great on pork, chicken or lamb and especially good in meat pies and sauces. Mix with olive oil and vinegar for delicious new vinaigrette!
· 2 Tbs Oregano
· 1 Tbs ground Sumac flower (find it here)
· 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
· ¼ Tbs Pepper
· ½ Tbs Cinnamon or Nutmeg
· 2 Tbs Coriander (find it here)
· 2 Tbs Cumin (find it here)
· ¼ Tbs Mint
· ¼ Tbs Lemon Peel


Indian Spice Mix Recipe

(Chaat Masala, Curry Powder, Garam Masala, Panch Phoron)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


Chaat Masala – A tangy masala, or spice mix, made with amchoor (dried mango); often sprinkled on snacks and street foods.
· 4 tablespoon coriander seeds (find it here)
· 4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (find it here)
· 1.5 teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds (find it here)
· 2.5-3 tablespoon salt
· 5 red dried chiles, stems removed
· 3 teaspoon dried mango powder/amchur (find it here)
· 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida (find it here)
· 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder
· 1.5 teaspoon ground black pepper
· 1 teaspoon dried mint (optional)
· 2-3 teaspoons paprika (find it here)


Curry Powder – An Indian-inspired British invention, this typically includes turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, and red pepper.
· 2 tablespoons ground cumin (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons ground coriander (find it here)
· 2 teaspoons ground turmeric (find it here)
· 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
· 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
· 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Garam Masala – Garam means warm, or hot, and the mix usually contains warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
1 tablespoon ground cumin (find it here)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander (find it here)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom (find it here)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (find it here)
· 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Bengali Spice Mix (Panch Phoron) – A Bengali five-spice blend of whole fenugreek, nigella, cumin, black mustard, and fennel seeds. Panch phoron is usually fried in oil before adding anything else to the pot, flavouring the oil and releasing the aroma of the oils in the seeds and causing them to pop in the pan.
· 1 tbsp nigella seeds (find it here)
· 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
· 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds (Find it here)
· 1 tbsp fennel seeds (find it here)
· 1 tbsp cumin seeds (find it here)


Curry Powder Recipe

· 3 tsp turmeric (find it here)
· 2 tsp coriander (find it here)
· 1 ½ tsp cumin
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 1 tsp ginger
· ¾ tsp dried mustard
· ½ tsp cardamom (find it here)
· ½ tsp cloves (find it here)
· 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
· ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Latin America & the Caribbean

(Adobo, Chili Powder, Jerk Spice, Taco Seasoning Mix)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


Mexican Spice Mix (Adobo) – An all-purpose seasoning that contains garlic, oregano, pepper, and other spices; used in Mexican and other Latin American cuisines.
· 2 tablespoons salt
· 1 tablespoon paprika (find it here)
· 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
· 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
· 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
· 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1 teaspoon chili powder


Chili Powder Spice Mix – A blend of the spices most commonly found in Latin American cooking, such as ancho chile, paprika, cumin, and Mexican oregano.
· 2 tablespoons paprika (find it here)
· 2 teaspoons oregano
· 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin (find it here)
· 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
· 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
· 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
Jerk Spice Mix – A spicy Jamaican mixture including red and black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, and thyme.
· 1 tablespoon garlic powder
· 2 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
· 2 teaspoons onion powder
· 2 teaspoons dried thyme
· 2 teaspoons dried parsley
· 2 teaspoons sugar
· 2 teaspoons salt
· 1 teaspoon paprika (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon ground allspice (find it here)
· 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
· 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
· 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
· 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Taco Seasoning Mix

· 6 tsp chili powder 
· 4 ½ tsp cumin (find it here)
· 3 tsp onion powder
· 2 ½ tsp garlic powder
· 5 tsp paprika (find it here)
· ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
· ¼ tsp oregano

Middle East

(Advieh, Baharat, Za’atar)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world


Persian Spice Mix (Advieh) – A Persian mix of dried rose petals and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cumin; often used in rice and stews.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Middle Eastern Spice Mix (Baharat) – An all-purpose seasoning in Middle Eastern cuisine, typically including black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves.
· 4 tablespoons ground black pepper.
· 2 tablespoons ground coriander (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon.
· 2 tablespoons ground cloves (find it here)
· 3 tablespoons ground cumin (find it here)
· 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (find it here)
· 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
· 4 tablespoons paprika (find it here)


Lebanese Spice Mix (Za’atar) – A fragrant and tangy blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. 
· 1/4 cup sumac (find it here)
· 2 tablespoons thyme.
· 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds.
· 2 tablespoons marjoram.
· 2 tablespoons oregano.
· 1 teaspoon course sea salt.


North American Spice Mix Recipes

(BBQ Rub, Poultry Seasoning, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Apple Pie Spice)

29 Spice Mix Recipes from around the world




Homemade BBQ Rub – Great for adding a BBQ Flare to anything!

· ½ cup brown sugar
· ½ cup paprika (find it here)
· 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
· 1 Tbsp salt
· 1 Tbsp chili powder
· 1 Tbsp garlic powder
· 1 Tbsp onion powder


Poultry Seasoning –  An aromatic, woodsy combination of sage, thyme, and other herbs and spices. Great for Bringing a savory flavor to soups, tofu, veggies, grains and much more.
· 2 tsp sage
· 1 ½ tsp thyme
· 1 tsp marjoram
· ¾ tsp rosemary
· ½ tsp nutmeg
· ½ tsp black pepper


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice – Made with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
· 1 tsp ground cinnamon
· ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
· ¼ tsp ground ginger
· 1/8 tsp ground clove (find it here)


Homemade Apple Pie Spice – Great for apple pies or anything else with apples. 

· 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
· ½ Tbsp allspice (find it here)
· 1 tsp nutmeg
· 1 tsp ginger

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