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Nov 14, 2013 01:57 PM

DTW: Bokharat

Any suggestions where I can buy this? A family member is obsessed with this spice, loved from eating at Pita Cafe.

Specific stores, pls... ( I know... Dearborn...), any where in North Woodward to get it?

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  1. Don't know about N. Woodward but I'd try the Middle Eastern market at 13 and John R (can't remember the name and Google is no help!)...if for nothing else other than their freshly made pitas.

    Plus they're next door to La Tienda Mexicana which has a carryout tacos etc. counter...good and cheap

    And the Japanese bakery...and the Chinese BBQ place...and an Asian grocery

    1. I thought Cw/E was going to tout her favorite hummus place—International Food grocery at Dequindre and 17 Mile. Probably a good bet for finding Bokharat (multiple spellings). I love the owner/son, who is a big time foodie. Actually, while I also enjoy the plaza at 13 Mile and John R, I don’t really recall seeing the Middle Eastern place still being in business (my memory may not serve me).

      There are many places in west Sterling Heights, if you want to make the 15-20 minute drive – good spice selections at Hassan & Bros and the market next to Ali Baba, both of these markets are on opposite corners of 18 Mile and Dequindre. Of course there also is Sahara Market at 14 Mile and Dequindre or the smaller sister one at 16 Mile and John R, as well as Arabic Town at 15 Mile and Dequindre. I don’t specifically recall “Bokharat,” but I’m pretty sure I saw a few variations of Arabic “Seven Spice.”

      The problem everywhere is that you are liable to get old stuff. It usually isn’t even stored in air tight containers; maybe just in a clear PET deli sandwich container.

      May I suggest that you go to Subzi Mandi at the edge of B’Ham, quite close to you on Maple east of Coolidge, and pick up little bags of whole seeds of anything you don’t already have in your pantry from the following: cumin, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom (and cinnamon and hot paprika). Throw a small amount* of these in your blade coffee grinder or little Magic Bullet blender and you will surely be much better off. Granted, Penzey’s may be even a little closer to you, but it is more expensive.

      PS- if you have leftover cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and peppercorns, I'd recommend you store them in rum and/or brandy. This way you can make a nice sangria with wine and triple sec (+fruit such as citrus, peach/nectarine or apple/pear) at a later date. Or if you are not in denial that summer is over (me) you could make a mulled wine. Heck yeah.

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      1. re: VTB

        actually VTB I thought about mentioning International Food, but the place on John R is closer and they do literally bake their pitas right in the store, which is a cool thing. Plus it's a newer store and probably could use the business to get established (it's in the corner)

        And Subzi Mandhi is an awesome rec for anyone who wants Indian ingredients!

        1. re: coney with everything

          I hope it still is open! The name is Al Noor. The listed ph # is disconnected but I'll check it out in person and hopefully get lucky.

          1. re: VTB

            I think it had been Al Noor, then it closed, then someone else took it over, so good luck :). Don't know if it kept the name

            We were last there maybe a month ago

            1. re: coney with everything

              My bad. Al Noor's (new owners?) are still open, fresh bread and all. Cute little place, and they DO sell bokharat, though I wouldn't venture to guess whether it recently was ground.

      2. I actually just mix it myself...very simple. There are only seven spices, all pretty common. There is a decent recipe on