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Garam Masala (spice mix)

Ingredients Preparation

Put the cloves, cardamom, coriander and cumin seeds onto a tray and dry toast for a few minutes in the toaster. (Be careful not to burn the spices.) When you begin to smell the spices, they are done. Allow to cool. Then add the toasted spices to the rest of the spices and mix together well (use your coffee spice grinder) and store in the dark in an airtight spice jar. As well as being used in many curry mixes, this goes well with yoghurt as a garnish. Garam masala is generally added at the end of cooking time.


Bhar

According to Aida Karaoglan, (Food For The Vegetarian - Traditional Lebanese Recipes) bhar is "a spice blend made of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is very similar in flavor to allspice" But I did an internet search of "middle eastern spice mixes" and found reference only to baharat, which has many more than three spices.

Baharat (Middle Eastern Spice Mixture) Preparation

Put the cloves, coriander and cumin seeds onto a tray and dry toast for a few minutes in the toaster. (Be careful not to burn the spices.) When you begin to smell the spices, they are done. Allow to cool. Then add the toasted spices to the rest of the spices and mix well (use your coffee spice grinder) and store in the dark in an airtight spice jar.

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