Qâlat daqqa

Qâlat daqqa (also spelled gâlat dagga),[1][2] or Tunisian Five Spices, is a spice blend originating from Tunisia. It is made of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppercorns, and grains of paradise mixed and ground, depending on its use, between a coarse grind and a fine powder. This spice blend is used to as both an aromatic and seasoning for meats and vegetable dishes.[3] The flavor of the mixture is described as being "sweet and warm".[4]


Qâlat daqqa is utilized in several manners:

  1. In meats it is used as ether a dry rub or as an ingredient to marinades. It is noted for use in lamb tajines.[5]
  2. In vegetable dishes, it is noted for imparting a warm flavor, especially in pumpkin- or eggplant-based dishes.[5] It can also be used in dishes like fruit crisps or other fruit desserts and pies [6]


  1. ^ Green, A. (2006). Field Guide to Herbs & Spices: How to Identify, Select, and Use Virtually Every Seasoning at the Market. Quirk Books. pp. 1–281. ISBN 9781594740824. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ La saveur des roses. Editions Le Manuscrit. p. 175. ISBN 9782748121933. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  3. ^ Charles Gordon Sinclair (1998-04-01). International Dictionary of Food & Cooking. Taylor & Frances. p. 439. ISBN 1-57958-057-2. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  4. ^ "Qâlat Daqqa". Mistress of Spice. Retrieved 2008-07-09.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Christine Manfield; Charlie Trotter (2007-07-15). Spice: Recipes to Delight the Senses. Ashley Barber. Tuttle publishing. p. 36. ISBN 0-7946-0489-7. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  6. ^ Fruit Crisp[permanent dead link] - Kitchenporch.com]

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