The Persian spices in advieh have a warm flavor and intoxicating aroma! Make this recipe for a popular and delightful Middle Eastern blend.
Although we share recipes from countries all along the ancient Silk Road, Persian spices are found in many of the recipes here on our site.
Who can resist the fragrant, warm flavors of cinnamon, cumin, and nutmeg, as well as popular seasonings like dried rose petals, coriander and saffron?
Persian spices in Advieh
Advieh could be considered a catch-all name, because there are actually several different variations of the Persian spice blend. It has some similar qualities to the spicy Indian seasoning, garam masala.
The ingredients for Advieh can vary slightly by household or chef preference, but there are adjustments made to compliment the flavors of specific Persian foods.
For example, advieh khoresh is what many Persians use as a general, all-purpose seasoning. Its bold flavor makes it fantastic in stew and soup as well.
Another version, advieh mahi, has Persian spices that compliment fish recipes. For this reason, it’s often used in Nowruz foods for the Persian new year.
Ingredients for Our Persian Spice Mix
The Persian spice blend shown in the recipe card below calls for dried rose petals. The blend has a mild flavor, but its fragrant floral aroma makes it the perfect addition to rice dishes like Persian crispy rice (tahdig) as well as rice pilafs like sabzi polo.
Although some of the seasonings have a bite to them, (think cumin, clove, and black pepper) the spice mix itself isn’t spicy at all.
What you’ll need:
- ground coriander
- ground cardamom
- dried rose petals
- black pepper
- ground clove
- ground nutmeg
You can start with whole spices, which you'll need to grind, or purchase ground spices to save some time.
If you'll be using whole spices, there is a whole to ground spice conversion chart in our post, Essential Persian Herbs, Spices and Pantry Staples.
FAQ and Recipe Notes
If you want to use whole spices to make blend, you will need to use something to grind them with.
Most people use a mortar and pestle, a coffee bean grinder, or an electric spice grinder.
It's important to keep moisture away from your spices. Keep them in sealed spice jars and store them in a pantry or other dark, dry location.
As long as they are kept away from moisture, most homemade spice mixes will stay fresh for about 4 months. After that, they won't be as potent.
Persian Spices in Advieh
- 4 tsp cumin
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp dried rose petals
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp ground clove
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- Place all ingredients in a spice grinder and pulverize.
- Store in an airtight container.
*The information shown below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.