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12 spices for 800+ recipes


12 herbs and spices make an look in over 800 recipes on my web site. Nothing fancy. I’m completely predictable and completely boring! However with a bit combine ‘n match, you possibly can have Greek tonight, Mexican tomorrow, Center Jap the night time after adopted by Indian or any variety of my each day midweek meals!

What number of of those are already in your pantry??

Why I’m sharing my important spice record

A number of weeks in the past I shared a bit impromptu video on Instagram calling for assist as a result of somebody eliminated one spice jar from my alphabetically organised wall of spices, I couldn’t work out what it was and it was driving me loopy.

Aside from the reply (share your reply within the feedback under!!) the opposite takeaway was that folks have been curious what are the spices I exploit essentially the most? So right here I’m at this time with my 12-most-used-spices record which might be utilized in over 800 recipes on this web site!

Mystery of the missing spice
Are you able to guess the lacking spice?? Go away your reply under! HINT: They’re in alphabetical order.

12 clear winners

Simply earlier than I get to The RecipeTin Spice Checklist, I simply wish to word that I’ve an unusually broad vary of herbs and spices in my pantry. I really feel given what I do, it’s justified – or no less than, that’s what I inform myself!

However there’s a transparent record of 12 herbs and spices that make an look over and over in my recipes. So whereas I’ve at all times had a view that folks ought to construct their spice assortment naturally based mostly on recipes they select to make quite than take an inventory from somebody who hoards Vegemite Shapes like they’re going to be discontinued (*her coronary heart thuds in concern on the thought*), I believed you may discover my important Spice Checklist helpful for those who’re a little bit of an everyday person of my recipes.

However simply to reiterate – I feel you’re going to be sorely upset with how pedestrian this record is. Nothing stylish or cool or gourmand right here. 😂

Spices in bowls

The RecipeTin Spice Checklist

Listed below are the 12 herbs and spices that make an look in over 800 recipes on this web site and essentially the most used spices in my cookbook:

RecipeTin 12 most used spices
  1. Cumin

  2. Paprika (plain)

  3. Coriander (floor)

  4. Onion powder

  5. Garlic powder

  6. Oregano

  7. Cayenne pepper

  8. Chilli flakes / purple pepper flakes

  9. Thyme

  10. Curry powder

  11. Garam masala

  12. Cinnamon


What I exploit them for

  1. Cumin – In just about each single Mexican and Center Jap recipe, two of my favorite cuisines, in addition to Indian, African, Southern (American), Tex-Mex and South American dishes. Tacos to fajitas, tagine to Rooster Shawarma, meat marinades to salad dressings, and Asian meals like Thai Yellow Curry and Satay Curry, cumin might be my most used spice.

  2. Paprika – In all probability the 2nd most used spice! I really like the heat it brings to dishes in each flavour and vibrant color. Used liberally in the identical cuisines listed above in cumin in addition to in Western dishes whether or not or not it’s a easy pork or fish rub, or a seasoning for potato wedges. Truly, now that I consider it, paprika could be my #1 most used spice!

  1. Coriander – In case you see “cumin” listed in a recipe, there’s a excessive probability you’ll see coriander listed alongside it. Additionally used extensively within the cuisines listed above in addition to some iconic recipes on this web site equivalent to do-it-yourself (straightforward!) Pastrami, coriander undoubtedly sits in my high 5.

  2. Onion powder – A lesser used spice by Australian cooks however a agency favorite within the States, this brings an earthy oniony flavour to something it’s utilized in, from on a regular basis rubs to just about all-things Mexican (particularly tacos) to Southern meals ( pork ribs!) and on a regular basis midweek meals just like the Crispy Baked Rooster Legs I shared just a few weeks in the past. For these of you unfamiliar with it, I urge you so as to add it to your assortment. It’s a recreation changer.

  3. Garlic powder – In my world, you’re onerous pressed to discover a savoury dish that doesn’t have each recent onion and garlic in it. And it’s the identical with the powdered variations – the place you see one, you often see the opposite.

    Like onion powder, garlic powder tastes fairly totally different to recent garlic, with a smoother extra earthy flavour. You will note it in just about all my Mexican recipes in addition to Southern meals like Fried Rooster and all issues barbecue flavoured (pork ribs, brisket, beef ribs). Additionally used within the just lately shared Ranch flavoured dressing within the Avocado pasta salad that you just all beloved a lot!

Onion and garlic powder – necessities for sticky BBQ sauce!

  1. Oregano – Utilized in abundance in Greek and Mexican meals, each of which function closely on this web site! Featured in Greek Salad, Greek Lemon Potatoes, Greek Lamb Shoulder and Greek Chickpea Salad, to call just a few. In Mexican meals, you’ll see oregano utilized in spice mixes for a variety of dishes together with the favored Pork Carnitas in addition to Rooster Tacos and Beef Enchiladas.

  1. Cayenne pepper – Originating from Central American, it’s no shock that it’s used to deliver spiciness to Mexican dishes! It additionally most likely essentially the most generally used spice in Western cooking so as to add spiciness.

  2. Chilli flakes / purple pepper flakes – Ah, I really like purple pepper flakes! I really like the little pops of warmth it brings to dishes and how one can see the purple bits. A favorite in Italian dishes, you’ll see me use a pinch of it in lots of pasta dishes from Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant pasta) to everyone’s favorite pantry pasta, Puttanesca. I additionally used it to deliver pops of warmth to Asian dishes like Asian Chilli Garlic Prawns, Chilli Rooster, and Scorching and Bitter Soup, to call just a few. It’s an everyday round right here!

  1. Thyme – My second most used dried herb after oregano. It’s an everyday in cosy meals equivalent to Cottage Pie, Rooster Pot Pie and Corn Chowder, in addition to midweek favourites equivalent to Sausage Bake and Oven Baked Rooster Rice. It’s sprinkled on Mushroom Stuffed Rooster Breasts, used to season do-it-yourself sausage patties, and flavours the broth of my hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup.

  2. Curry powder – So right here’s the factor about Western curry powder: you gained’t see it in any of my genuine Indian recipes! Western curry powders (like Clives of India) lack the authenticity of true Indian cooking so I choose as a substitute to make Indian curries from scratch, for the very best outcomes.

    So curry powder is usually utilized in Western dishes however the important thing tip right here is that whereas it’s an amazing base, it wants assist from different spices to make the dish actually tasty! I can safely say there isn’t a recipe on this web site that solely makes use of curry powder for flavour. Use your curry powder for issues like old style Rooster Curry, Curried Sausages and curried rice. Additionally a secret ingredient in Singapore Noodles, the background flavour for different South East Asian favourites like Ayam Goreng and Thai Coconut Noodle Soup. And, unexpectedly , French meals! Cafe de Paris, a traditional flavoured butter for steak!

    Right here’s a number of recipes utilizing curry powder – see all of them right here.

  1. Garam masala – Now that is the actual deal! This is sort of a higher model of generic Western curry powder. It’s extra pungent and has extra advanced flavours, and options in a number of the extra “critical” genuine Indian recipes on my web site equivalent to Rogan Josh and Samosas in addition to everyone’s favorite Butter Rooster, Tikka Masala and Coconut Curry.

    Listed below are a some recipes utilizing garam masala, and click on right here to see extra!

  1. Cinnamon powder – Don’t simply assume baking! Sure, I do love to make use of it in candy treats, from Apple Crumble to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, French Toast to Christmas Cake. Nevertheless it’s additionally a magic secret ingredient in Center Jap favourites equivalent to Lamb Koftas, Rooster Shawarma, Tagine (vegetable and rooster), in addition to Jamaican Jerk Rooster. The odor when these are cooking is insane!

    Right here’s a number of recipes utilizing cinnamon powder, or have a browse for extra right here and be amazed at what number of savoury dishes are on the record!


Armed – and harmful!

And there you’ve got it. My 12 most-used spices.

You are actually armed and able to make over 800 recipes on this web site that function the above spices! You may be amazed what a distinction having a well-stocked spice cabinet makes to the convenience of selection relating to cooking with what you’ve got.

And don’t overlook – drop in your guess for the Thriller of the Lacking Spice! Are you able to resist the temptation to learn different peoples’ solutions earlier than you share your personal? NO WAY might I resist. It’s like being the solutions to an examination sitting there proper in entrance of you. In case you possess the willpower to not look, you’re a higher particular person than me. 😂 – Nagi x


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