Located on the Southeastern tip of the Arabian peninsula, the food of Oman is a blend of several flavors and countries.Like neighboring Arab countries, Oman also makes use of a wide range of spices and combines them beautifully to create spice blends that are unique to Omani cuisine.Among those is Bizar a' Shuwa, a spice blend that is commonly used in slow-cooked dishes or as a rub for meats.Below is the recipe for this spice rub.It's easy to make and doesn't require any special ingredients as you probably have most of these available in your kitchen.
1 Tbsp. cumin seeds
1 Tbsp. coriander seeds
1 Tbsp. cardamon seeds
2 tsp. ground red chili or can substitute cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. turmeric,ground
2-3 Tbsp. vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1. In a mortar and pestle, crush the first three ingredients together until pulverized.
2. Add the chili and turmeric and combine thoroughly.
3.Add the vinegar and garlic and stir to a paste-like consistency.
4. Put paste in a glass container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate. Will keep for 2 weeks.