Unsure of the store brought spices? Create your own spice symphony at home!

Master the art of homemade seasoning blends as we celebrate Masala Day in India

16 May 2024

Craving an explosion of flavours? Then dust off your mortar and pestle because it’s time to celebrate India’s Masala Day on May 20! We’re talking about a world beyond the grocery store aisle, a place where spices aren't just ingredients, they're storytellers.

Forget pre-made mixes, which are undoubtedly convenient, but there's a vast array of flavour notes waiting to be discovered. Whether you are a seasoned chef, an adventurous DIY chef or a food enthusiast looking for seasoning blends to devour, join us as we embark on this appetising journey.

Embracing basics

Embracing basics

Creating your own blends is easier than you think! Start by understanding the basics of the seasoning mix. Use staple spices like cumin, turmeric, coriander and chilli powder. Remember that spices taste best when they are fresh. Whole spices offer the most aroma and are simpler to roast, adding depth of flavour. For the freshest flavour, grind them right before using.

Try popular blends

Whether it is the fiery depths of Cajun, the vibrant hues of curry powder or the exotic allure of garam masala, each well-known seasoning combination is worth savouring. Here are three classic blends you can recreate at home:

Try popular blends

All-Spice Mix: Perfect for both savoury recipes and baked items, all-spice mix is a single spice powerhouse composed of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice berries. Add it to your meat marinades, soups, stews, or simply use it to lend your dessert a unique taste.

Curry Powder: This versatile blend originates from both Maharashtrian and South Indian cuisines. It typically features curry leaves, turmeric, cumin, chilli powder, sesame seeds and salt. Simply roast all the ingredients, blend and pair them with curd rice ordal chawal.

Sandwich Seasoning: Looking for a spice mix that can instantly elevate your lunchtime? Try this scrumptious sandwhich seasoning featuring a blend of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, mustard powder and a dash of black pepper. You can add oregano or thyme for an Italian flair. 

Make them your own

Make them your own

The best part about exploring versatile spices is the freedom to customise your signature blend that reflects your culinary style. Experiment with proportions, play with different spices and change the way you include them in your diet to satisfy your hunger pangs. To maintain freshness, store your homemade mixes in sealed containers out of direct sunlight and heat. Let your taste buds lead the way as you traverse through the landscape of spices.

So, this Masala Day, ditch the store-bought packets and embrace the delicious world of curating your own flavour magic.

Let us know in the comments which spice mix you'd most want to try.

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