Behind the flavors

Behind the flavors

Global Flavors



Aleppo Pepper
What does it taste like?

Mildly spicy, semi-oily.

What recipes can I use it in?

Crispy aleppo chickpeas, aleppo flatbread, muhammara dip, sprinkle on pizzas, potato chips and popcorn.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Paprika, red chili flakes or cayenne pepper.

What recipes can I use it in?

Crispy aleppo chickpeas, aleppo flatbread, muhammara dip, sprinkle on pizzas, potato chips and popcorn.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Paprika, red chili flakes or cayenne pepper.

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Tahini
What does it taste like?

Creamy, nutty, slightly bitter flavor.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it in creamy hummus, drizzled on sabich sandwich and baba ganoush.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Each will add a slightly different flavor and texture, but try sesame oil, ground sesame seeds or nut butters.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it in creamy hummus, drizzled on sabich sandwich and baba ganoush.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Each will add a slightly different flavor and texture, but try sesame oil, ground sesame seeds or nut butters.

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Cardamom

Hindi name:

Elaichi

What does it taste like?

Citrusy, woody and floral notes.

What recipes can I use it in?

Masala chai, harissa paste, aloo gobi and cauliflower shawarma.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves can add similar warmth to a dish.

What recipes can I use it in?

Masala chai, harissa paste, aloo gobi and cauliflower shawarma.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves can add similar warmth to a dish.

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Sumac
What does it taste like?

Tangy & lemony with citrus notes.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Lemon zest, lemon juice.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Lemon zest, lemon juice.

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Baharat
What does it taste like?

A full bodied & warm spice blend.

What recipes can I use it in?

Used in marinades and as a seasoning for meats & veggies. Try it in baharat meatballs, roasted potatoes and roasted chicken.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

We recommend investing in this unique spice blend. Otherwise, make your own or use ras el hanout.

What recipes can I use it in?

Used in marinades and as a seasoning for meats & veggies. Try it in baharat meatballs, roasted potatoes and roasted chicken.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

We recommend investing in this unique spice blend. Otherwise, make your own or use ras el hanout.

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Za'atar
What does it taste like?

Earthy, zesty with citrus notes.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

We recommend investing in the blend. Otherwise, make your own, try dukkah blend or Italian seasoning.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

We recommend investing in the blend. Otherwise, make your own, try dukkah blend or Italian seasoning.

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Saffron

Hindi name:

Kesar

What does it taste like?

Subtle, aromatic flavor with floral and honey undertones.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use in rice dishes, sauces, or beverages. Try it in dishes like saffron tea, garnished on kulfi and saffron rice.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

One of the rarest and expensive spices in the world. If you can’t find saffron, leave it out of your recipes.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use in rice dishes, sauces, or beverages. Try it in dishes like saffron tea, garnished on kulfi and saffron rice.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

One of the rarest and expensive spices in the world. If you can’t find saffron, leave it out of your recipes.

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Ghee
What does it taste like?

Buttery with a slightly nutty flavor.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it on roasted za’atar vegetables, Indian butter chicken, chana chole, spread on toast or anything you add butter to.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Butter, vegetable oils or olive oil.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it on roasted za’atar vegetables, Indian butter chicken, chana chole, spread on toast or anything you add butter to.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Butter, vegetable oils or olive oil.

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Red Chili Pepper

Hindi name:

Laal Mirchi Powder

What does it taste like?

Smoky, mild spicy with slightly bitter undertones.

What recipes can I use it in?

A great addition to stews, fish dishes, and grilled meat. Try in dishes such as chili paneer, aloo gobi, and aloo samosa.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cayenne powder for a similar color and smoky flavor.

What recipes can I use it in?

A great addition to stews, fish dishes, and grilled meat. Try in dishes such as chili paneer, aloo gobi, and aloo samosa.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cayenne powder for a similar color and smoky flavor.

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Shawarma Mix
What does it taste like?

Bold, smoky & spicy.

What recipes can I use it in?

Add to marinades, use as dry rub, add to salads & vegetables. Try it in grilled lamb shawarma sandwiches.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?


We recommend investing in this unique spice blend. Or make your own.

What recipes can I use it in?

Add to marinades, use as dry rub, add to salads & vegetables. Try it in grilled lamb shawarma sandwiches.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?


We recommend investing in this unique spice blend. Or make your own.

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Fenugreek

Hindi name:

Methi

What does it taste like?

Mildly sweet, nutty and earthy.

What recipes can I use it in?

Hilbeh dip, chicken tikka masala, masala dosa and methi chicken.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Fennel seeds or yellow mustard seeds can add a similar nuttiness.

What recipes can I use it in?

Hilbeh dip, chicken tikka masala, masala dosa and methi chicken.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Fennel seeds or yellow mustard seeds can add a similar nuttiness.

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Garam Masala

Hindi name:

Garam Masala

What does it taste like?

A robust spice blend that varies based on the spices used. Most are earthy and pungent.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use it in curries, marinades, lentil and rice dishes. Try it in Indian butter chicken, aloo samosa, tikka masala and chana chole.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Worst case scenario, add equal parts of cardamom powder, cinnamon, cumin powder or black pepper.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use it in curries, marinades, lentil and rice dishes. Try it in Indian butter chicken, aloo samosa, tikka masala and chana chole.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Worst case scenario, add equal parts of cardamom powder, cinnamon, cumin powder or black pepper.

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Paprika
What does it taste like?

Earthy, slightly sweet.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cayenne pepper, red chili powder.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cayenne pepper, red chili powder.

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Cumin

Hindi name:

Jeera

What does it taste like?

Hearty, earthy, and slightly smoky.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Coriander or caraway seeds adds a similar depth.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Coriander or caraway seeds adds a similar depth.

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Bay Leaf

Hindi name:

Tejpat

What does it taste like?

Highly aromatic with floral and citrus undertones.

What recipes can I use it in?

Add to your curries, sauce and rice dishes while they simmer for a greater depth of flavor. Remove before serving. Try it in basmati jeera rice, biryani, and vegetarian korma.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Use oregano or thyme for a similar fragrant.

What recipes can I use it in?

Add to your curries, sauce and rice dishes while they simmer for a greater depth of flavor. Remove before serving. Try it in basmati jeera rice, biryani, and vegetarian korma.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Use oregano or thyme for a similar fragrant.

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Coriander

Hindi name:

Dhaniya

What does it taste like?

Highly aromatic with floral and citrus undertones.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cumin and caraway seeds will bring a similar earthy flavor. Just DON’T substitute fresh cilantro for ground coriander.

What recipes can I use it in?
Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cumin and caraway seeds will bring a similar earthy flavor. Just DON’T substitute fresh cilantro for ground coriander.

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Cinnamon Sticks
What does it taste like?

Highly fragrant with a woody, slightly bitter bite.

What recipes can I use it in?

Adds depth of flavor to sweets, curries, stews and other savory dishes. Such as masala chai, Keralan vegetable ishtu stew and aloo gobi.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

What recipes can I use it in?

Adds depth of flavor to sweets, curries, stews and other savory dishes. Such as masala chai, Keralan vegetable ishtu stew and aloo gobi.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

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Turmeric

Hindi name:

Haldi

What does it taste like?

Warm, mild with subtle citrus notes.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use it alongside other spices in curries, stews, or meat dishes. Try it in aloo samosa, golden milk, palak paneer and Thai chicken satay.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cumin and madras curry powder are your closest bets.

What recipes can I use it in?

Use it alongside other spices in curries, stews, or meat dishes. Try it in aloo samosa, golden milk, palak paneer and Thai chicken satay.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Cumin and madras curry powder are your closest bets.

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Black Mustard Seeds

Hindi name:

Rai

What does it taste like?

Pungent, smoky and nutty flavor.

What recipes can I use it in?

South Indian dosa, khaman dhokla and range of fish curries.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Any other variety of mustard seed. Also try adding prepared mustard or mustard powder to your dishes for a similar flavor.

What recipes can I use it in?

South Indian dosa, khaman dhokla and range of fish curries.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Any other variety of mustard seed. Also try adding prepared mustard or mustard powder to your dishes for a similar flavor.

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Cloves

Hindi name:

Laung

What does it taste like?

Intense and aromatic with both sweet and bitter notes.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it in Indian pulao rice, biryani and Keralan vegetable ishtu stew.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Allspice, cinnamon, or nutmeg can bring a similar flavor to your recipes.

What recipes can I use it in?

Try it in Indian pulao rice, biryani and Keralan vegetable ishtu stew.

Best substitutes if I don't have it?

Allspice, cinnamon, or nutmeg can bring a similar flavor to your recipes.

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