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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