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.


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.


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



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.


  • 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?


    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!


    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:



  3. Monika says:

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


  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!


  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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  6. And the garlic, raw?


    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 😄


  7. petra08 says:

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


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