Understanding how to combine and balance flavours is an important cooking skill and with so many spices at your fingertips, why not use these to create your own spice blends?
Using just a dash can make dramatic changes to the flavour of food and creating new combinations is certainly the ultimate culinary adventure!
Here are some ideas; simply combine all the individual spices together in a jar, shake and–voila!–you have your spice mixes!
- Grill or BBQ blend (sweet, savory, and spicy all in one)
Salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, allspice, cloves and brown sugar. (For chicken, pork, beef or fish)
- Garam masala blend - Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, dried red chilies and pepper. (For vegetable curries, meat, lentils, soups or just sprinkled in some scrambled eggs). Knorr Maldive Fish Powder Mix is a great addition to this blend as well.
- Curry powder – Paprika, cumin, fennel powder, fenugreek powder, ground mustard powder, ground coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves. ( For chicken, shrimp and vegetables)
- Stir fry seasoning – Anise powder, ground Pepper, fennel, cinnamon, cloves and salt. ( Beef , chicken and vegetable stir fry’s)
- Thai spice blend – Paprika, turmeric, pepper, coriander, fenugreek, mustard powder, cumin, lemongrass, salt and ginger powder. (For meat, seafood and vegetables)
- Cajun spice blend – : Basil, bay leaf, pepper, chili powder, cumin, fennel, garlic, nutmeg, onion, oregano, paprika, salt and thyme.( For fish or steaks, grilled chicken or ribs, soups or stews and tofu)
- Chinese Five Spice Powder - Pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and star anise. ( For meats and chicken)