Hibiscus Spice Mix

Hot spice mixes and sauce are just the thing for me…a jar of a hot spice mix is a start to many a delectable dishes. My spice closet ( yes closet!) overflows with amazing varieties from all over the world. I try and make a concoctions over the weekend that can be used in meat or vegetarian dishes or jus as a spice dip.

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My first time using Jamaican dried hibiscus flowers in a dry mix. Just amazing!!!

So with my Indian roots this mix had to be spicy so some good old fashioned dry red chilies did the trick.

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I had dried tomatoes from my harvest last year and was grateful to use them in this dish. They were dried and frozen at the end of the season

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Make sure you roast all the ingredients slowly on a low flame and not burn them. This will be perfect sprinkled over anything or add some hot water and glugs of olive oil to make a paste.

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  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 whole star anise
  • 10 whole dried red chilies
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 7-8 dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 ½ tablespoon paprika 
  • A handful of dried tomatoes
  • 1tsp dried Lemon peel
  • Pink salt to taste

On a heavy bottomed on medium heat add red chilies, coriander, cumin seeds, whole star anise, garlic cloves and hibiscus until you start to smell the aromas. Use a wooden spoon to move them around to toast evenly.

Take off the heat and let the spices cool.

Add the rest of the ingredients and start blending in a spice grinder.

Serve sprinkled over anything (try breakfast boiled eggs ;)) or make a dip with olive oil and a couple of tablespoons of hot water.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks so interesting! What flavour do the hibiscus flowers bring?

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    1. It brings a tart flavor, kind of cranberry-ish.
      I know how much you love your spices so try it out 🙂 I raised the heat a bit with Some extra whole red chilies

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      1. I’ve already ordered some!!! 😀😀

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  2. This spice mix sounds amazing! I bet it smelled wonderful while you were heating the spices. I don’t do enough with different spices, so this post is inspiring to me!

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    1. Thanks Jenny, it sure is fragrant and a versatile mix. I do hope you make yourself a jar 🙂

      On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 7:46 AM, Food For The Soul wrote:

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  3. Monika says:

    This flavour combination is super exciting, I love that the slices are roasted too! Thank you for sharing with FF:)

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  4. Jhuls says:

    Wow! It’s very admirable that you made your own hibiscus spice mix! This must smell amazing! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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    1. Thanks so much Jhuls. It turned out pretty good!

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  5. A quick question on the Jamaican hibiscus, Zeba. Do you mean dried roselle? Coz I happen to have that, still unopened since buying it last year! I’m excited about this!

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    1. Yes, mine says Jamaica. Sorrell but roselle is another name. I also made some ice tea which was delicious!

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    1. Start with raw, slice it and dry roast with the spices 🙂

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      1. Thanks! Will give this a try, maybe with less chiles 😄

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  6. petra08 says:

    How inspired to use hibiscus flowers in a spice mix! It sounds amazing 🙂

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