I love spices. Having lived in Dubai for years, I became accustomed to a variety of spices being available at the souk or supermarkets. My Dad recently visited, and I sent him with a rather large shopping list. Spices in Dubai are cheap, a kilogram of Kashmiri chilli powder for £4.50
My go to spices are:
- Paprika – for chili.
- Crushed Chili Flakes – to add spice to any dish particularly stir fries.
- Ginger – to add some heat to dishes, a slightly more aggressive heat.
- Turmeric – essential for any Indian curry.
- Ground Cumin – perfect for any Mexican or Indian dishes to add a warm aroma to any dish.
- Garam Masala – a ground spice mix of black pepper, cardamom, chilli, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel, mace and nutmeg, used in Indian curry.
- Chili Powder – an easy base for any curry.
- Coriander – is great to have in dried form, easier than seeds and cheaper than fresh, adds spice and citrus flavours to any dish.
- Nutmeg – amazing to add to any mushroom dish, particularly soup.
- Shawarma Spice – a Middle Eastern dish, which is miles better than a kebab. The spice mix is made up of cumin, coriander, garlic, paprika, turmeric, cloves, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and cinnamon.
I find the best way to store spices is in a tupperware container, not a spice jar, as you can actually fit a teaspoon in!
Can you tell the difference between these two chilli powders?
Accurate labelling is essential!