Spice Blending

Garam Masala

 

3 tbsp cumin seed or ground

1 1/2 tbsp coriander seed or ground

1 cinnamon stick, crushed

 or 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp green cardamom pods or seeds

1 tbsp whole black peppercorn or ground

1 tsp whole cloves

  or 1 tsp allspice berries

1/2 whole nutmeg

  or 1 tsp ground nutmeg

 

Cooking suggestions: 

 

Meat-based curry, dal (lentil curry), dry rub for meat, fatty fish

 

Five Spice Blend

 

3 cinnamon sticks, crushed

  or 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

9 whole star anise pods

  or 1 tbsp anise seed

1 tbsp fennel seed

1 tbsp whole Szechuan peppercorn

  or black peppercorn

1 tbsp whole cloves

  or 1 tbsp allspice berries

 

Cooking suggestions: 

 

Stir fry, dumplings, dry rub for meats (chicken, duck, beef), roasted eggplant

Chili Powder

 

3 tbsp ground paprika

2 1/2 tsp cumin seed or ground

2 1/2 tsp coriander seed or ground

3 tsp ground oregano or flakes

1 tsp onion seed (also called kalonji or nigella)

1 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

 

Cooking suggestions: 

 

Chili, salsa, guacamole, fajitas, tacos

Ras El Hanout

 

1 tbsp cumin seed or ground

1 tbsp coriander seed or ground

1 tsp ground ginger or powdered

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp green cardamom pods or seeds

1 cinnamon stick, crushed

  or 1 tsp ground

1 tsp whole cloves 

  or 1 tsp allspice berries

1/2 whole nutmeg

  or 1 tsp ground

1 tsp tumeric

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp whole black peppercorn or ground

 

Cooking suggestions: 

 

Tagine style dishes, red meat (goat, beef, lamb), potato, lentil stew, roasted eggplant

To Blend:

In a dry skillet, lightly toast whole spices just until they become fragrant.

Use a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle to produce a fine-textured blend.

Toss together toasted spices with remaining spices.

 

Storage:

Store in an airtight container. Ideally, herbs and spices should be stored away from heat and light. To keep blends fresh, make small batches that can be used within a few months.

 

Where To Buy:

Dollar Grocers, South China Seas, Famous Foods, Superstore, independent grocers on Main & Fraser south of 41st Ave

Playing with spices
Playing with spices
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Chili Powder
Chili Powder
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