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Tabil, Tunisian Spice Blend

Tabil (pronounced like “table”) means seasoning in Tunisian Arabic. This widely-loved Tunisian spice blend, also recognized as Tabil, is a staple in most kitchens, with a history that traces back to the late 1400s. Comprising coriander seeds as its foundation, the versatile Tunisian spice blend, Tabil recipe, adds distinctive accents to numerous Tunisian dishes. While you can come across this spice mix in stores, we highly recommend concocting your own Tabil with fresh ingredients. Indeed, most spices unveil richer flavors when freshly blended. Wondering what is in the Tunisian spice blend? The authentic flavor and aroma of Tabil shine through best when crafted with a blend of versatile Tunisian spice blend ingredients, ensuring optimum freshness when used within a month or two.

Tunisian Spice tabil

Tabil, Tunisian Spice Recipe


  • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • or, 2 large garlic cloves, peeled, chopped, dried in open air for 2 days
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 2 T cumin seeds (some recipes omit this)
  • 1 T caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper




  • Using a spice grinder or a mortar, grind or pound all ingredients together to create a homogeneous mixture.
  • Store in a glass jelly jar or spice jar, in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • We recommend you use within 6 weeks to ensure best flavor.



Did You Know….

  • Coriander is the seed from the Cilantro plant.
  • Cilantro is also known as Chinese Parsley.
  • Coriander seeds offer great nutrition including:
    • dietary fiber
    • vitamin C
    • iron
    • copper
    • calcium
    • potassium
    • manganese
    • zinc
    • magnesium
    • and more!
  • For more information on Coriander, see this article.


And, Coriander (Cilantro) helps lower cholesterol

and provides help in preventing and treating Diabetes.



Tunisian Spice tabil
Tunisian Spice tabil
Tunisian Spice tabil

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