DIY Shawarma Spice Blend


Cutting board with spices for making our DIY Shawarma Spice Blend

A quick and easy DIY shawarma spice blend to add to all of your favorite chickpea dishes, scrambles, salads, vegetables, and more!

DIY Shawarma Spice Blend

An easy, reliable shawarma blend that's smoky, spicy, and big on flavor! Perfect for seasoning crispy chickpeas, falafel, curries, scrambles, vegetables and more!
Author Minimalist Baker
Easy DIY Shawarma Spice Blend! Simple ingredients, BIG flavor! #vegan #glutenfree #shawarma #recipe #minimalistbaker
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 (1-Tbsp servings)
Course Spice Blend
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Several months.


  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (or cloves)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp ground black pepper // amount as original recipe is written)



*Recipe makes ~1/4 cup shawarma spice blend.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 tablespoon Calories: 6.3 Carbohydrates: 0.9 g Protein: 0.2 g Fat: 0.2 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.14 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 1.8 mg Potassium: 28 mg Fiber: 0.3 g Sugar: 0 g Vitamin A: 154 IU Vitamin C: 0.11 mg Calcium: 11.32 mg Iron: 0.91 mg

Reader Interactions


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing, Carrie! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  1. s says

    It is very much like garam masala (I make) – so why a new name? What does it mean?

    Also, if you roast the mixed ingredients for a few minutes, the flavor is better!


  2. Steve says

    I use this mix with dry sizzled beef mince, (drain off fat as you fry and brown the mince)
    I buy some sambal oelek to add on the side and serve the mince inside pitta breads

  3. :D says

    Do you prefer using cardamom or cloves? I hav ed both spices. Use dried ground ginger or fresh? Your fresh ginger in the photo threw me off.

  4. Qweenie says

    Would the spice blend be totally off, or not worth making, if I were to omit the cardamom/cloves? It’s the only ingredient in the recipe that I don’t have, and since it is one that I don’t typically cook with, I don’t want to buy it just to make this spice blend. Your thoughts?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      It would probably still be great! Let us know if you give it a try! Another idea- you could purchase cardamom or cloves from the bulk spice section to get just the amount you need.

  5. Andy P. says

    I made this tonight and really enjoyed it, I had homemade coleslaw so had this with the steak, It’s a recipe that you could probably play around with to suit your taste, very nice with the syrup. I have tried to make this before but this was the better recipe. I’m not a Veggie but I do like to have veggie meals 4 to 5 nights per week. I’ve downloaded the recipe book and look forward to trying more recipes from Dana @ Minimalist Baker.

  6. Leah says

    I made this last night and everyone loved it. It was delicious I would definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Franklin Colbert says

    I’d like to add some ground sumac to this blend. How much would you suggest and would you substitute for one or more of the other spices?

  8. morgan says

    Hey, Just wondering if im doing the perfectly roasted chickpeas, how many table spoons of this spice mix should i use? The spice mix is vapidly becoming a firm favourite.

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