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Persian Spice Blend: Advieh
I’m always super excited when I learn about new spice blends — or, more accurately, spice blends that are new to me, because most of my favorite spice concoctions have been mixed together in kitchens for centuries.
On a lazy trip to the Savory Spice Shop, I picked up some dried rose petals from Pakistan, solely because they looked girly — like jewelry for the kitchen. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they were so pretty and seemed so exotic, I needed to have them! But then they languished in my spice cabinet, forlorn and nearly forgotten, until they were liberated by this recipe for advieh from MyPersianKitchen.com.
Advieh is a spice blend used primarily in Persian cooking, and it shows up a lot in traditional rice and chicken dishes. As expected, every cook makes her own blend, but most recipes include cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin, and rose petals. Some recipes also add turmeric, ginger, coriander, saffron, nutmeg, black pepper, or mace.
I mixed up a batch using the spices I perceive as sweeter and skipped the ones with bite like ginger and black pepper. This version of advieh tastes like what would happen if pumpkin pie spice time-traveled back to Persia to find itself, then returned home a changed person, er… spice.
I’ve been keeping the jar on my countertop so I remember to use it, and so far, I’ve sprinkled it on cooked lamb, cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, and sweet potatoes. The rose petals make it seem both exotic and feminine to me — but the taste is hearty enough for tough guys, tough girls, tough kids, and everyone in between.
It’s ideal for this time of year: spicy, sweet, warm, and comforting.
Prep 1 minute | Makes 1 1/2 tablespoons | Whole30 compliant
Place all spices in a small bowl and blend with a fork.
Store in a covered container and sprinkle a pinch or two on things that could use a light dusting of magic… like cauliflower rice, Persian Roasted Leg of Lamb, Sweet Potato Soup, or Crispy, Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries. It would also be fantastic in Velvety Butternut Squash or sprinkled on roasted acorn squash.
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