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Middle Eastern Spices

Aleppo pepper = Near Eastern pepper  Pronunciation:  uh-LEP-oh   Substitutes:  Four parts sweet paprika plus one part cayenne pepper.

mahlab = mahlepi = mahleb  (ground kernels of cherry stones) Where to find: Middle Eastern grocery stores  Substitutes:  Chinese almonds, ground OR grind together: 1 2" stick of cinnamon + 3 cloves + 1 bay leaf (Source: Von Welanetz Guide to Ethnic Ingredients) OR ground fennel seeds OR cardamom.

sumac berries = ghora angur   Shopping hints:  Look for this in Middle Eastern markets. Crushed dried sumac is called somagh Substitutes: lemon zest + salt OR (in salads) lemon juice OR (in salads) vinegar


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