Qâlat daqqa (also spelled gâlat dagga), or Tunisian Five Spices, is a spice blend originating from the North African nation of Tunisia. It is made of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppercorns, and grains of paradise mixed and ground to a fine powder. It is most often used to spice meats and vegetable dishes. The flavour of the mixture is described as being “sweet and warm”.
Uses of Qâlat Daqqa
Qâlat daqqa is utilised in several manners:
- In meats it is used as ether a dry rub or as an ingredient to marinades. It is noted for use in lamb tajines.
- In vegetable dishes, it is noted for imparting a warm flavour, especially in pumpkin- or eggplant-based dishes.
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 1 teaspoon grains of paradise (Melegueta pepper)
- 4 teaspoons grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Grind the peppercorns, cloves and grains of paradise together, then mix in the nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Store in an airtight jar - this blend will keep for 3-4 months.