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11 spices for Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on a vintage board

Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend with my Fabulous Iraqi Seasoned Grilled Chicken

Spice Blends adds zest & power-house of flavor and aroma – and totally transforms food from bland to fabulous.
Experience New Flavors with this versatile Spice Blend.

Spiced and Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Seasoning Mix on Naan Bread
Spiced and Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend – see the recipe!

Are you passionate about adding flavor to foods?
Be adventurous with spices and elevate your cooking to a whole other level!

Spices allow you to be creative and adventurous with your cooking ~ by adding a range of flavors and contribute to amazing aromas when cooked.
Spice Blends are a short-cut to sensational flavor in any dish – enhances the taste of food without salt (some salt is added last in preparation.)

Iraqi Seasonings is the new quintessential spice blend to add immense flavor! Added to chicken and grilled, the essence explodes with warm and pungent notes. I’m serving the chicken over naan bread adding vegetables, Iraqi Pesto and a Preserved Lemon Relish.

My Iraqi Spice mix adds Earthy, Warm, Sweet, Spicy, Peppery, Bitter & Smoky flavors without salt.

Seasoning means to bring out or intensify the natural flavor of the food.
The heated fat helps these ingredients release addictive aromas and impart deep flavors into the dish that’s being cooked.

11 spices for Iraqi Spice Mix on a vintage board
All the spices for the Iraqi Seasoning Spice Mix 

11 sweet and savory Spices make up this versatile Iraqi Seasoning Spice Mix.

My Iraqi Seasoning mix is similar to Baharat, but more complex and nuanced. Baharat is a spice mixture found in most Middle Eastern homes – a mix of: black pepper, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg and paprika.

It was 8 summers ago when I attended Saveur’s Fifth annual Summer BBQ at the Boat Basin Café on the west side of Manhattan.
A culinary get-together with awesome foodie fragrances, people watching and loud music.
One dish I sampled (over and over again) was Iraqi Chicken – coated in a unknown layer of spices and grilled with a smokey finish. In my home test-kitchen – I blended, sampled and blended again until I found the perfect balance for this Iraqi Spice Mix.

My spice mix will “bloom” when comes in contact with heat.

Beneficial properties of Spices:
Herbs and spices fight inflammation and reduce damage to your body’s cells,” Moreno says. “That’s because each one is rich in phytochemicals, which are healthful plant chemicals.

Adding herbs and spices to your diet has another benefit – they’re so flavorful, they make it easier to cut back on less healthy ingredients like salt, sugar and fat.

Iraqi Seasoning Mix with 11 seasonings in a vintage bowl
Iraqi Seasoning Mix – stir up the flavor!
Sliced Chicken marinating in Iraqi Seasoning Mix, fresh lemon juice, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
Sliced Iraqi Chicken on Homemade Naan Bread with Iraqi Pesto
Awesome sliced Spice-Crusted Iraqi Chicken on Homemade Naan Bread with Iraqi Pesto

See Linked recipe: Fabulous Iraqi Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Pesto and Preserved Lemon Relish

11 spices for Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on a vintage board

Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend

The most aromatic blend - combining sweet and savory spices with a hit of heat.
Grind your own whole spices for the freshest flavor!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 12 1 tablespoon portions
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons mixed peppercorns ground
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy ground red chiles such as Chiles de Arbol or Aleppo Chili (less spicy)
  • 1 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 1 tablespoon paprika mild or hot

Instructions

  • Look over the list of spices. Use whole spices for the best flavor and grind these fresh.
    I grind all in my spice grinder (can use a good clean coffee grinder) except for the last four ingredients.
  • Combine the 11 spices and store in an airtight container (I like glass), in a dark cool place. Use within 2 months for best flavor, or up to 3 months.
  • This spice blend contains no salt. Add salt to taste.

Notes

This flavorful blend is a wonderful addition to many vegetables, rices, legumes, meats and vegan proteins. The flavor will bloom when the seasoning is activated when heated (think coating, then grilling.)
See linked recipe: 
Fabulous Iraqi Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Pesto and Preserved Lemon Relish
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of it's author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Global Cooking, Gluten Free, Simple
CUISINE: Iraqi, Middle eastern
KEYWORDS: Iraqi cuisine, Iraqi grilled chicken, Iraqi seasoning
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend
Amount per Serving
Calories
31
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
8
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
145
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
392
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
61
mg
6
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

11 spices for Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on a vintage board

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