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The 10 Most Used Spices in Arabic Cuisine Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! Over the years, I have shared so many recipes that my wife and I use to prepare Middle Eastern, especially Levantine, dishes and appetizers. As you know, we have learned most of these recipes from our mothers. Given our common passion for Arabic food and cuisine, today, I have decided to dedicate this post to the 10 most commonly used spices in the Arab world. Of course, you will more than these 10 spices, but I am providing the most essential spices in any kitchen that seeks to prepare and make tasty Arabic dishes.

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Like earlier posts, I am sharing these words in a fun Arabic crossword puzzle. As always, I have transliterated all the words so that you can pronounce them accurately. Stay tuned for the answers soon.

Allspice – سبع بهارات
Transliteration: Sabi‘ Biharat

Aniseed – يانسون
Transliteration: Yansun

Cardamon – هال
Transliteration: Hal

Cinnamon – قرفة
Transliteration: Qirfa

Cumin – كمون
Transliteration: Kammun

Ginger – زنجبيل
Transliteration: Zanjabil

Nutmeg — جوزة الطيب
Transliteration: Jawzat al-Tib

Paprika — فلفل أحمر
Transliteration: Fulful Ahmar

Pepper – فلفل
Transliteration: Fulful

Saffron – زعفران
Transliteration: Za‘faran

For now take care and stay tuned for the answers soon!
Happy Learning!
Have a nice day!!
نهاركم سعيد

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About the Author: jesa

Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.