Best dishes are made with simple yet savory spices. There are hundreds of spices around the world but making available of all these hundreds of spices would take you some time. To unleash the flavorful meals and dishes out of your kitchen, you may need only a few and would already take you a long way. Check your kitchen if you have these ten spices.
10. Whole Pepper corn
Get a grinder for your whole pepper corn. Once you have tried newly ground pepper corn from your own grinder, you will never go for the pre-ground ones. This would give more flavor and freshness to any dish or meal.
One of the essential spices for baking and some curry dishes. Cinnamon is also used in making hot beverages. Just give a dash or two to put a simple toast or French toast into perfection. You may use this for fruits, oatmeal, and cereals, too.
Consider this herb an international spice because cuisines such as Italian, Greek, Indian, Spanish, and French use thyme for their world-known dishes. Thyme is mostly used on poultry, red meat, vegetable stews and soups.
Rosemary has a very similar scent to thyme but rosemary is more suitable for roasting meat and vegetables. It is also used to season seafood dishes. A fresh sprig is always preferred than the bottled one. Rubbing or stuffing rosemary can be done to infuse more flavors.
You may think that parsley is only being used as a fancy garnish but it has more than one purpose. You can mince parsley and sprinkle to certain dishes to add a mild yet distinct flavor. Some dips use parsley, too.
This is another spice that is used internationally. Although it is used commonly for Italian cuisine, Greek cuisine and Turkish cuisine use oregano as well. To add more flavor, rub the herb using both palms before using.
Fresh Garlic is always preferred than powdered garlic. This spice is like the basic ingredient of most dishes. Garlic gives a distinctive taste to poultry, seafood, and meat. Powdered garlic may also be used and is best for making garlic bread. The secret to a finely mince garlic is adding a dash of salt.
To give a kick to dishes, paprika can spice up the life of your dish. It’s like a magic ingredient because it can be used in almost all of the dishes. You may use this as seasoning to seafood, poultry, meat, and rice. Give your deviled eggs a finale by adding a dash of paprika.
Definitely a must have spice. Nutmeg is used for baking and making cream-based sauces. This spice is perfect for vegetable purees and pasta dishes. A sprinkle of nutmeg would do the trick for your dish.
You can use turmeric as an alternative for ginger; it has a milder taste compared to ginger but is more flavorful. It’s less spicy but gives more color to the dish.