Spices Used in Mediterranean,
Middle Eastern, Indian, French Meals

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You May Have Never Heard of Many of These Delicious Spice Options

If you're struggling with an excess of fatty pounds and can't seem to get on tract, the following spices may strengthen your willpower so strongly that you just might be willing to trade your cupcakes and cookies for them.

All are healthy and assist in promoting good health.


The Hazelnut Dukkah version is a traditional Egyptian spice blend of nuts [like Hazelnuts], sesame seeds, coriander, cumin, black pepper and salt. It goes well with fish, poultry, eggs, soft cheese and salads.

Herbes de Provence

If you've ever prepared Ratatouille you likely used this spice. It is a mix of marjoram, basil, fennel, rosemary, lavender, tarragon, savory and thyme. It is commonly used in French and European recipes and is very good when used for chicken-based recipes.


Ingredients are generally a blend of allspice, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and black pepper - all of which are ground spices. Very delicious on savory dishes, particularly chicken.


Khmeli-Suneli is a Georgian style dry spice mix of fenugreek, fennel, coriander, dill weed, marigold, parsley, basil, marjoram, hyssop, thyme and black pepper. It can be used for roasting vegetables and meat.

Ras El Hanout Moroccan Spice

A mix of the following 12 ingredients: cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, allspice, mace, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cumin, paprika, ginger, coriander. Ras El Hanout spice has North African roots and is a common spice in Moroccan recipes as well as in Algeria and Tunisia. Great for recipes using meat and other proteins - like roasted chickpeas and veggies like roasted butternut squash. It has a heavenly scent.

Cerez Pazari, a Turkish Sumac Spice & Seasoning

Basically dried sumac and has an earthly flavor with a mild spice kick. Cerez Parazi is great on fish, steak, chicken, humus, vegetables and even salads.

Za'atar, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Spice

Ingredients: sesame seeds, sumac, hyssop, oils such as sesame and canola. Used for meat, yogurt, salads, humus and blending with cream cheese as a dip.

Lebanese 7 Spice

Used in Middle Eastern and Arabian recipes. Ingredients: allspice, clove, ginger, black pepper, St. Lucie cherry [Mahlab], coriander and cinnamon. Ingredients may vary. Some may contain cumin. It is a mild, slightly sweet spice. Excellent when used in chicken recipes.

Tikka Masala, Used in Indian Cooking

Typical ingredient mix: turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, ginger, white and black pepper, cardamom, cloves, galangal, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and bay leaves.


BerBere is an aromatic spice blend both warm and earthy. Ingredient mix: paprika, sea salt, fenugreek, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper. Excellent for recipes using meat or lentils.

Chimichurri Spice Blend

Common ingredients: paprika, garlic, parsley, oregano, lime, tomatoes, sumac, cumin, red and black pepper and salt. Generally mixed with olive oil and vinegar and used as a marinade for meats.


Like other spices, there are several blend options. A Tunisia version which is a spicy blend includes the following mix: ancho which is a very milk pepper, chipolte which creates a smoky layer of flavor, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, garlic and caraway. When added to olive oil - or your favorite oil it creates a paste that can be used on cheeses, meats, or in soups.

Shakshuka, a Middle Eastern Spice Blend

Ingredient blends include dried and ground onion, bell pepper, paprika, parsley, black pepper, coriander, garlic, cumin, tomato and chives. Shadshuka is used to make an egg dish which contains hot tomato sauce and can be used in multiple recipes and ways such as a bread dip.

Sahadi Kibbeh

Used to make kibbeh balls. Ingredients: cumin, allspice, Baharat, chilies, cinnamon, marjoram, cloves, paprika and cayenne pepper.

In Summary

Experimenting with new spices can be a great way to add different flavors and textures to your diet plan. They can assist in creating healthy meal options which can also lead to losing excess fat.

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