The Seven Spices



The Seven Spices are the essential spices used in every Middle Eastern meal. 


Check out my video on my YouTube Channel, Stitching Cuisines, to see me explain each spice and how they should be prepared.








Dried Cloves



Black Pepper













  • The amount of spices used does not matter as long as they are all equal.

10 comments for “The Seven Spices

  1. Mariam
    June 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Salam ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you are well insha Allah!
    It says safflower here but in your video you mention turmeric? Please let me know whether you use safflower or turmeric in the 7 spice!
    May Allah bless you

    • nireiqat
      June 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

      WaSalaam Mariam!
      Jazaki Allah Kheir for your kind dua! That is a great question. If you turn on the annotations on the video, it will note that I meant to say safflower and not turmeric. The list of ingredients is also accurate on my website for the 7 spices. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • July 11, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Just found your videos and liked it. I think you meant (saffron or zafaran) and not safflower. I just googled to see the pictures. Thanks & God bless

        • nireiqat
          July 17, 2016 at 11:38 pm

          Hello Lara. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed my videos. Saffron is a wonderful spice, which looks very similar to safflower, but they come from two different plants and have a difference in taste. Try out one of my recipes and see the difference.
          Thanks for watching my videos. God bless you and your family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. mariam
    June 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    marhaba… love this blog and your videos..these fabulous Palestinian recipes need to be documented!!! question about 7 spices…some recipes from the middle east call for allspice/ bahar helou in this mix and some recipes dont is this something you dont like or just dont use? do you ever use it?

    • nireiqat
      June 13, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Marhabtein! Jazaki Allah Kheir and thank you for your kind words! I love sharing Palestinian recipes! There is so much heritage and culture to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The 7 spices is different than bahar helou. Each of these mixes is used for different recipes. I do use bahar helou, but I haven’t included it in any of the recipes I have been sharing, but I will note it when I do.

  3. Diane
    March 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I recently discovered your website and I plan to make some of your dishes for husbands birthday gathering. Looking at the pictures on spices I wanted to know if safflower is the as saffron as it does resemble little saffron threads.

    Thank you so much!!

    • nireiqat
      March 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Hello Diane,

      I am sorry for such a late response! I am pleased to hear that you plan on making my recipes. Safflower is different than saffron. They look similar to each other, but the taste is different. Safflower can be found at any Middle Eastern market or online. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope your husband enjoys his birthday!

  4. agile
    April 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    hello chef noha! i have been enjoying your recipes and videos since i discovered them. thank you very much for putting care into what you do and letting us share in it!

    i see where you note that equivalent amounts of each of the seven spices should be used. can i safely assume this is measuring the powder made after grinding, and not somehow before with the whole spices? shukran!

    p.s. my husband lived in jordan for a while, and we are SO excited to be able to make mansaf together with your guidance! (i finally found jameed at the store; now i just need safflower.)

    • nireiqat
      May 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words of support! I am very happy that you are enjoying my recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, the measurements I use are after I grind the spices.

      This is wonderful to hear about the Mansaf! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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