Georgian Baharat Recipe: A Mouthwatering Delight from Georgia

Georgian Baharat

Georgian Baharat Recipe: A Mouthwatering Delight from Georgia
Region / culture: Georgia | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Georgian Baharat
Georgian Baharat

Georgian Baharat is a traditional spice blend that is commonly used in Georgian cuisine to add flavor and depth to dishes. This aromatic blend of spices is versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from meats to vegetables.


The exact origins of Georgian Baharat are unclear, but it is believed to have been influenced by the spice trade routes that passed through the region. The blend of spices used in Georgian Baharat reflects the diverse culinary influences that have shaped Georgian cuisine over the centuries.


How to prepare

  1. Place all the spices, except the paprika and nutmeg, in a blender or grinder. Process until it becomes a powder. If needed, grind 0.5 cup at a time.
  2. Grate the nutmeg and blend it with the paprika into the spices.
  3. Store the mixture in an airtight jar.
  4. In some areas, it is common to lightly toast the spices in an oven to enhance the flavor.
  5. Alternatively, you can toast the amount you're going to use on a hot dry frypan for a few seconds before using. This not only adds a pleasant aroma to the kitchen but also brings out a richer flavor in the spices.
  6. Using whole spices is the traditional method, but you can also use ground spices.
  7. Approximately 0.25 cup of ground nutmeg can be obtained from four nutmegs.
  8. Exercise caution when using nutmeg, as it can be toxic in large quantities.


  • You can customize the spice blend by adjusting the proportions of the spices to suit your taste preferences. You can also add other spices such as turmeric, ginger, or chili powder for a different flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Toasting the spices before grinding them can enhance their flavor.

- Store the spice blend in an airtight jar to preserve its freshness.

- Use the spice blend sparingly, as a little goes a long way in adding flavor to dishes.

Serving Suggestions

Georgian Baharat can be used to season meats, vegetables, soups, and stews. It can also be used as a rub for grilling or roasting meats.

Cooking Techniques

Georgian Baharat can be used as a dry rub for meats before grilling or roasting. It can also be added to marinades, sauces, or dressings to add depth of flavor to dishes.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have all the spices listed in the recipe, you can use a pre-made Baharat spice blend as a substitute. You can also adjust the proportions of the spices to suit your taste preferences.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare a large batch of Georgian Baharat and store it in an airtight jar for future use. This spice blend will keep for several months if stored in a cool, dry place.

Presentation Ideas

Sprinkle Georgian Baharat on top of dishes just before serving to add a pop of color and flavor. You can also mix it with olive oil to create a flavorful dipping sauce for bread.

Pairing Recommendations

Georgian Baharat pairs well with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, rice dishes, and soups. It can also be used to season kebabs, kabobs, or shish kebabs.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Georgian Baharat in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place. To reheat the spice blend, toast it in a dry frypan for a few seconds before using to enhance its flavor.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories per serving: 50


Carbohydrates: 5g per serving


Fats: 3g per serving


Proteins: 2g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Georgian Baharat is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin C.


Georgian Baharat does not contain any common allergens such as nuts, dairy, or gluten.


Georgian Baharat is a flavorful spice blend that is low in calories and fats, making it a healthy addition to your dishes.


Georgian Baharat is a versatile spice blend that adds depth and flavor to a variety of dishes. With its aromatic blend of spices, it is a must-have in any kitchen for those looking to explore the flavors of Georgian cuisine.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately captivated. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Eka in her cozy kitchen in Tbilisi, Georgia. As soon as I walked in, I could smell the fragrant spices wafting through the air, and I knew I was in for a treat.

Eka greeted me with a warm smile and a hug, before ushering me over to the stove where a large pot was simmering away. She explained that she was making Georgian Baharat, a traditional spice blend that was used in many of the dishes in her country. As she stirred the pot, the aroma only grew stronger, and I was practically salivating at the thought of tasting it.

I watched intently as Eka added a variety of spices to the pot - cumin, coriander, fenugreek, paprika, and more. Each one added its own unique flavor and aroma to the mix, creating a tantalizing blend that was both spicy and savory. Eka explained that the key to a good Georgian Baharat was to balance the flavors just right, so that no one spice overwhelmed the others.

As the spices cooked together, their colors melding into a deep and rich blend, Eka shared with me the story of how she had learned to make Georgian Baharat. She told me that the recipe had been passed down through generations in her family, and that each woman added her own twist to it. Eka had learned to make it from her grandmother, who had taught her the importance of using fresh, high-quality spices to get the best flavor.

I listened with rapt attention as Eka recounted the memories of her childhood, spent in her grandmother's kitchen, watching and learning as she cooked up delicious meals for the family. She spoke of the laughter and joy that filled the air, of the love that went into every dish, and of the sense of pride she felt when she finally mastered the art of making Georgian Baharat herself.

As the Baharat simmered away on the stove, filling the kitchen with its heady aroma, Eka handed me a small bowl filled with the finished blend. She urged me to take a taste, and as soon as the first bite hit my tongue, I knew I had discovered something truly special. The flavors were bold and complex, with just the right amount of heat and spice to make my taste buds sing.

From that day on, Georgian Baharat became a staple in my own kitchen. I made it for my family and friends, sharing the recipe with anyone who would listen. Each time I made it, I felt a connection to Eka and her grandmother, to the generations of women who had come before me and who had passed down this precious recipe.

Over the years, I have added my own twist to the traditional Georgian Baharat, experimenting with different spices and ratios to create a blend that is uniquely my own. But no matter how many variations I try, I always come back to the original recipe that Eka shared with me that sunny summer day in Tbilisi.

As I sit here now, stirring a pot of Georgian Baharat on my own stove, I can't help but smile at the memories that flood back to me. The laughter, the love, the sense of tradition and history that is woven into every bite of this delicious spice blend. I am grateful to Eka for sharing her family's recipe with me, and I will continue to pass it down to future generations, so that they too can experience the magic of Georgian Baharat.


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