A shawarma spice mix is a classic Middle Eastern seasoning used in many meat dishes. The rich aroma comes from the use of exotic spices such as cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and other warm spices. Making it homemade is a simple and easy way of adding more zing to your favorite recipes.
1teaspoonCayenne or hot paprika powder
2teaspoonBlack pepper powder
From whole spices
2Whole Cayenne peppersdry
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Combine all spices in a bowl until you have one even color.
Transfer to an airtight spice jar or container. Store in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.
From whole spices
Add all the whole spices (not powders) to a frying pan. Toast the spices on low heat for just 3 to 4 minutes until you get a nice aroma of spices. Pro tip - roasting the spices will add another dimension of flavor but watch carefully as they can burn easily
Remove from heat and let cool completely.Pro tip - It is important that the spices cool otherwise the heat will produce steam in the spice grinder which will reduce the shelflife of the spice mix.
Add all the whole spices and powders to a spice grinder and blend until you have a smooth spice mix. Pro tip - blend in short burst, stirring as needed to prevent to prevent
Transfer to an airtight spice jar or container. Store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
Always use fresh spices when making spice mixes, not one that has been sitting around for long.
Pay attention to the 'use by' date on the individual spices.
Ideally, these spices have a long shelf life - but it's best to make a note on the jar so you know when it's time to make a new batch.
Read the expiry date on the individual powders you used - choose the one with the earliest date as a guide for the shelflife of this spice mix.
If you live in a hot and humid climate keep the spice mix in the fridge and it will stay good for months.
Always store in an airtight jar to ensure the flavor of the spices is sealed in well.
When making powder from whole spices you can remove the seeds to make it less spicey
Toasting individual spices will revive them and give an additional dimension of flavor.
Whole spices have a longer shelf life but they still do go bad so always keep track of the dates.
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