I received an email from a reader recently that contained an excellent question about baharat. For those who are new to Middle Eastern food, baharat is a spice commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. What makes baharat unique is that it is actually a blend of spices. To learn more about baharat and how it is used in Middle Eastern cooking, read my response to the email here.
Spices are a staple in Middle Eastern cooking -- it is what it sets Middle Eastern food apart from similar cuisines like Mediterranean food. You will find the same dishes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, but the spices used differ greatly. Both are absolutely delicious, but utilize different spices and cooking methods (in some cases).
Want to learn more about Middle Eastern spices? Top 10 Middle Eastern Spices