Secret Spices.

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

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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!

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Can you tell the difference between these two chilli powders?

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Accurate labelling is essential!

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