Every region, city, or family has a different variation of what is in bzaar but since I make my recipes based on my mothers combination of spices, I think its important that I post a recipe on which spices to combine to get that mixture. I have created a spice mixture that is as near to the original as I could get. I concocted this mix and tried it in my own kitchen and found it to be a great substitute. Its a combination of 5 spices that are easily found at most grocery stores and certainly at an ethnic food store. It hits all the same notes that my mother bzaar does and creates the backbone of Libyan cooking.
- 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of caraway powder
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon 7-spice (If you cant find 7-spice, here is a link to make your own.)
Just mix all ingredients together and you should get this golden, fragrant spice mix. Store in an airtight container.
In a few weeks, Lord willing, I will be in Libya and hope to sit down with my aunt and write down the exact mixture. Till then, this mixture will do great. Also if you already have a spice mix that you use, dont feel compelled to use mine. As I said, every family has their own!