Masala Flavor Magic – The story of spice blends

I was a very naughty child. I got into more trouble than you could imagine.  As a result, I spent many an afternoon sitting in the kitchen watching my mum folding samosas or blending spice mixtures or simply cooking phenomenal meals for the family. My mum always simplified the spice blends, in fact if you saw [...]

By |2017-03-08T09:25:05+00:00March 7th, 2017|Recipe, Reference, Spice Box|

How Herbs and Spices Fight Disease

How Herbs and Spices Fight Disease From cinnamon to cumin, see why you might want to spice up your life. The following spices are key to helping fight disease. Tumeric - 7 key benefits Turmeric Contains Bio-active Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body Leads to [...]

By |2017-03-06T15:24:26+00:00March 6th, 2017|Reference, Spice Box, SpiceHealth|

Spice Advice – Which spices to use

Which Spices  to Use The correct spice or herb for any food is the one that tastes right for you. When experimenting with a new spice or herb, crush some of it and let it warm in your hand; then sniff and taste it. If it is delicate, you can be bold and adventurous. If [...]

By |2017-03-01T10:11:47+00:00March 1st, 2017|Reference, Spice Box|

Spice Advice – How much should you use

Adding Herbs and Spices to Food With a few exceptions, use herbs and spices sparingly, to enhance and accent other flavors rather than dominate them. For starters, try 1/2 teaspoon of spice for a dish that serves four to six. (For herbs, use 1/2 teaspoon powdered, 1 1/2 teaspoon dried, chopped, or 1 tablespoon fresh [...]

By |2017-02-28T16:48:53+00:00February 28th, 2017|Reference, Spice Box|

Spice Advice – Storing

Storage of Spices Spices and herbs will lose their color, taste and aroma over time. To preserve peak flavor and color, store spices and herbs in a cool (consider storing them in the freezer), dry place, away from exposure to bright light, heat, moisture or oxygen. If possible, avoid storing spices and herbs too close to [...]

By |2017-02-28T14:10:28+00:00February 28th, 2017|Reference, Spice Box|

Spice Box

The spice tin contents: Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cayenne pepper, curry powder, turmeric, salt, whole spices (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon sticks) These are the basic requirements for Indian cooking.

By |2017-02-25T14:47:39+00:00July 9th, 2010|Reference, Spice Box, Uncategorized|

Mind Your Manners

Styles of eating differ between Hindus and Muslims.  Hindus usually take their meals individually, a feature that may have developed as a result of rules regulating eating practices across castes.  The Muslim stress on brotherhood spilled into custom as communal eating is the norm.  A dastur khan, a form of tablecloth, is spread on the [...]

By |2010-05-26T22:22:22+00:00May 26th, 2010|Reference, Spice Box, Uncategorized|

Street Food Glossary

Aloo Tikki: mashed potato patties Bhaji: vegetables such as eggplant, potato, okra or peas that are steamed then mashed and sauteed in ghee Bhelpuri: a dry mix of potatoes, chickpeas, nuts and tamarind chutney eaten with a puri Chaat: snack food Chapatti: also called roti, unleavened bread cooked on a tawa Chole: spiced chickpeas Dhahi: [...]

By |2010-05-26T22:22:22+00:00May 26th, 2010|Reference, Spice Box, Uncategorized|