Lebanese 7-Spice Seasoning

Salma Hage

"The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook"

"This is a classic spice-blend recipe that I have been using for many years, but many Lebanese families have their own version of this 7-spice blend. Just a teaspoon of it really lifts so many dishes. For me, this seasoning captures the taste of Lebanese food and it is a flavor that I find I miss if I don’t have it for a while, or if I am traveling abroad. It only takes a few minutes to prepare once you have all the ingredients together, and you can scale up the ratios to make larger quantities, though the following recipe provides a good amount to start out with." — Salma Hage


  • 5 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons pepper
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons ground fenugreek
  • 4 tablespoons ground ginger


Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly and store in an airtight container.

Excerpted from The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook by Salma Hage (Phaidon Press). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton. 


1 ¾ cups