Get to Know: Advieh

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            Advieh Chicken Kebabs 

Advieh, which comes from the Farsi word meaning "spice mixture", is a warm, fragrant spice blend used extensively in traditional Persian cuisine. The specific blend of spices used to make Advieh varies from region to region and even family to family, but the blend commonly consists of cinnamon, cumin, dried rose petals, coriander and black pepper. Variations may include tumeric, caraway seeds, nutmeg, star anise and angelica. Blends also vary depending on their purpose: "Advieh-e khoresh" is designated for use in stews, while "Advieh-e polo" are designed for seasoning rice.

Our Advieh blend is more sweetly fragrant than spicy, with warm spices like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Black peppercorns cut through the sweetness and add a crisp, piquant note. The inclusion of delicately fragrant rose petals lend the blend an unexpected floral flavor and aroma.

Classic uses for advieh include using it to season kebabs and meat or bean stews. It is also traditionally sprinkled over basmati rice toward the end of steaming to enhance aroma. It can be used as a dry rub on all kinds of meat and poultry,  and it makes a delicious seasoning for roasted pumpkin, squash or sweet potatoes. We love it sprinkled on sweets of all kinds from creamy coconut rice pudding to simple shortbread cookies.