The Influence of Spices in Arabic Culinary Concepts


spices used in arabic cuisine

When talking about the spices used in Arabic cuisine, the words we usually hear regarding them are sweet, salty, and spicy. There is no wonder why. In reality, these spices are a big part of the Moroccan culture and way of life. This article is going to take a look at a few of the most popular spices used in Arabic and will compare their taste to ours. The information on this page will also show you how the herbs are used and where they come from. By the time you have finished reading this page, you will be able to choose the spices that you want to use in your recipes.

Coriander

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Let’s start with coriander. This is one of the most popular spices used in all parts of the Middle East. It has been used for cooking ever since the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Coriander is so popular in Arabic cuisine that you will find it featured in many famous restaurants. There are so many restaurants that specialize in serving only Arabic cuisine that this herb is widely used.

Cinnamon

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Another common spice that is widely used in Arabic cuisine is cinnamon. You will also find that it is used extensively in making Middle Eastern desserts. Cinnamon adds a lot of flavor to a variety of foods including cakes, cookies, pies, and pickles. You won’t find any dish in the Arab world that does not contain at least a bit of cinnamon.

Cardamom

One of the spices most commonly used in Arabic cuisine is cardamom. This spice is used to give just a hint of sweetness to a variety of dishes. Cardamom is widely used as an integral part of every single dish served in Arabic restaurants. However, it is not the only cardamom that is used. A variety of other spices are also used in the dish to give it just the right touch of sweetness.

Taraji

The third most widely used spice in Arabic cuisine is Taraji. It is mostly used to spice up meals, although it can also be found in very tasty flatbreads. Taraji is known for its unique flavor and aroma. It is also known as “maghbandh” which is used to flavor light meals such as chicken and lentils.

The fourth essential spice used in Arab food is lavash. Like Taraji, lavash is added mostly to light dishes. “Lavash” can be added to a variety of dishes including chicken (or beef), pakoras, flatbread, and yogurt and it gives such dishes a distinctive taste.

Arab Spices

An often overlooked part of the Arab culture is the presence of an essential ingredient called “rasam” or “Arab spices”. This is an herb that gives an excellent flavor to a variety of dishes. It can be used as a spice, but is also included in desserts, and cooked into the meat. Rasam can be found in most spices in the Arab world. Some of the more common ones are Jan Jaap, marjoram, mint, anise, fenugreek, saffron, and cardamom.

There you have it; just a few of the commonly used spices in Arabic foods. If you want to learn more about the spices used in this very popular cuisine, you may want to consider finding a copy of “The Arabs” by Frank Kern. You’ll find much more information on the spices used in Arabic cooking here.

Conclusion

Spices are used in so many foods but are not used in the same way in all foods. This is one reason why you won’t find so many spices used in foods from all over the world. Each country has a special style. But, spices in general bring out the flavor in foods and make them more interesting to the palate.

You can see the influence of spices in Arabic cuisine in restaurants all over the world. The spices used have a unique flavor that is hard to describe in words. When you taste it, you will know exactly what we mean when we say “its spices”. You just have to try it for yourself!

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