Garam masala spice mix

In the pantry: Garam masala

This is a common blend of spice used in Indian cooking, especially North Indian. Usually made up of spices including black pepper, cardamom, cumin, and nutmeg, garam masala can contain up to 12 spices. It is is an all-purpose spice blend that adds a warm and sweet flavour to chicken, lamb, fish, rice, or bread, and is often added to a dish towards the end … Continue reading In the pantry: Garam masala

In the pantry: Coriander seed

Coriander is considered to be one of the oldest spices. Known for its warm, spicy, and citrus flavour, coriander seeds, naturally are the seeds of the coriander plant. But unlike its herb form, which can sometimes be criticised for its strong flavour, the seed is a lot subtler, and often works as a great a complementary to cumin, or as an alternative. Whether bought as … Continue reading In the pantry: Coriander seed

In the pantry: Star Anise

There is a likely chance that if you’ve ever bitten into one of these numb-chuck looking spices, the reaction to your tastebuds would have been rather squirmish due its bitter liquorice-like flavour. But when used in Asian cooking, mainly Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cuisines, for broths and stews it can add a hint of aniseed flavour, where the harshness of the spice is often dispelled. … Continue reading In the pantry: Star Anise

In the pantry: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a versatile spice that is much loved for its woody, sweet fragrance, and can be used for both savoury and sweet dishes, often for Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African cuisines. It is a kind of bark that originates from a variety of aromatic trees known as Cinnamomum, which are grown mostly in Sri Lanka. The inner layers of the bark are shaved … Continue reading In the pantry: Cinnamon