The building blocks of cooking
Having a diverse assortment of spices in your kitchen is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways of adding depth and flavor to your cooking. Every well-stocked pantry should contain spices like paprika, chili, curry, cumin, cinnamon, and cardamom. These spices all keep their flavor for up to a year when stored in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight. In addition to ground spices, dried herbs like thyme, oregano, or rosemary are also extremely useful in everyday cooking.
The spicy-sweet aroma of ground paprika makes a great addition to a wide array of dishes, ranging from mild to spicy. Be careful though: do not cook paprika at very high temperatures! It has a high sugar content and can give off a bitter aroma when scorched
Chili powder, flakes, and fresh peppers are perfect for spicing up any dish that needs a bit of heat. Chili is also known to be one of the healthiest spices, helping to fight infections and boost the immune system.
Garam masala inspired curry powder is a mix of spices like turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, and black pepper. For added taste, spices like cinnamon and cloves can be incorporated for sweetness, or ground ginger for more piquancy. Homemade curry powder is easy to make, as well!
Published on January 26, 2016