Do you get into a situation when you look at your kitchen cupboard and think, ‘What do I do with all the spices I bought to make that one curry dish?’
Most of us will have bottles or packs of spices or herbs laying in the kitchen pantry enjoying their little cozy place in the darkness not having to do any work! (wish I had a life like that)
The aim of my post today is to list out common leftover spices that go well with other ingredients so that you are able to reuse them and make exciting meals instead of wasting spices.
Using spices adds versatility to our cooking and if used correctly they adapt well to the dish you are using it in. All you need to know is the right way of cooking with spices.
However saying that there are few norms what you will surely have to follow, like not adding pepper powder to a custard tart or curry powder to sweet sour chicken!
There is some method to the madness. If you have just started to use spices then this little Spice Combination Chart will help you in taking little steps and making meals with the best food and spice combinations.
Why Do We Use Spices?
What was the reason that prompted you to buy spices, to begin with?
Surely, it just wasn’t for payback time to add extra chilli to your soon -to- be ex’s food?!!
Spices are used mainly to add spice 🙂 and make meals taste less boring.
In other words:
Spices add flavour and enhance the taste of a dish.
Imagine plain boiled potatoes and broccoli on your plate. Both are my favourite vegetables, but eating it with just a dash of salt everyday will send me to a food coma!
So, I reach out for my skimmed fat butter and a pinch of pepper and add them to my veges! Voila, that’s all that was required to add flavour to the otherwise bland greens and make them tasty to eat.
I change the flavour of similar meal I cook at home by adding different kinds of spices making the dish varied and exciting!
Spices have added health benefits
Studies show that adding some amount of spices to your everyday meals helps in preventing aches and pains, colds and generally develop your immune system.
Spices add colour to dishes
We do agree that people eat with their eyes too! (my girls seems to be doing just that for all their meals )
Spices are natural colouring agents especially the ground spices such as turmeric, chilli powder, coriander and cumin powder. They enhance the colour of the dish making them more palatable and pleasing to both eyes and taste.
You may what to read on the Top 10 spices to have in your pantry to make yummy meals under 30 minutes.
What are the Best Spice Combination
In theory, there is no ‘Right Way’ to add spices to your meals. But you do need to understand its taste elements.
Who knew that adding chilli to chocolate one day would become a fad!
When I mentioned earlier that spices are very versatile it reflects the fact that using spices to season your dishes is a very personal choice.
The kind of spices or the quantity of spice you use depends on your personal and family preference.
There are many choices for you to choose from, you simply need to understand what spices you like best with a particular meat, veg or combined with other spices.
The Spice Combination Chart below illustrates what spices go best with other raw ingredients such as vegetables, meat and the type of dishes or meals it can be used in.
Spice Combination Chart
Use this guide and the chart below as a starting point to begin with your experimentation to add new flavour and dimension to your everyday meals.
Feel free to make your own combinations as you become more used to its taste and get an idea of what flavour it will impart to the dish you add it to.
Do you have spices laying in the cupboard that you are not sure what to do with?
This list of Spice substitute for difficult to find Indian Spices may help you in using your extra spices
Write to me or leave a comment with your spice query or share your experience. I may be able to help! Enjoy spicing it UPP!!