Kebsa Spice

Kebsa spice blend

Kebsa Spice

What is Kebsa Spice?

Kebsa spice is a traditional  Middle Eastern blend (Saudi Arabian and Gulf areas) consisting of cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, coriander, loomi, red and black pepper. 

It is ery common with chicken or lamb. Use as a rub, especially on kebab, or to season stews and steamed grains. Enjoy it on grilled fish, in vegetable stew and as a popcorn seasoning. For kebab, offer sumac at the table as a finishing touch, sprinkled over the cooked meat to taste.


Recipe for Kebsa Spice

this is also known as Gulf Baharat or Syrian Spice

1 tbsp red pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground loomi (dried lime)
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp saffron threads

Another variation on Kebsa spices worth trying is:

2 tbsp Ground Cumin 
2 tbsp Spanish Paprika 
2 tbsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper 
1 tbsp Ground Coriander 
1 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg 
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 
½ tsp Green Cardamom Pods Freshly Ground

Recipes that feature Kebsa

Black-Eyed Peas in Tomato Broth (Kuwait)

The Chicken that Flew (Morocco)

Saudi Triangles with Meat