Like other traditional spice blends, curry is highly subject to variation. It differs from region to region based on local tastes. The curry that you would get in a Chinese restaurant is different from the curry that you would get in a British curry house. Similarly, there differences between Jamaican curry powder and so-called Indian curry powder despite the fact that they have significant similarities. If you are trying to choose between them, consider the comparison in this SPICEography Showdown post.
In recent years, coconut sugar has been promoted as a healthier sweetening option when compared to cane sugar. Is this true? Will both of these sugars work equally well in most or all applications? These are a couple of the questions that we will answer in this edition of SPICEography Showdown.
Black pepper and cayenne pepper both have pepper in their names implying similarity. While they have one common factor, they are two very different spices. They each have their own unique qualities and as a result, some recipes may require you to use both. If you are trying to choose between one and the other, you will need to know what each brings to the table. Consider the black pepper vs. cayenne pepper comparison in another Spiceography Showdown.
The allspice berry comes from an evergreen tree that grows in Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to germinate, the seeds must be heated and softened by passing through the bodies of bats or birds. Juniper berries are European in origin and are not actual berries but pine cones. Both spices come from dramatically different regions, but have some commonalities. Figure out whether you need one or the other, or both with our SPICEography Showdown.
Green peppercorns and capers are often recommended as substitutes for each other. In theory, this makes sense since they both have some important similarities; however, they have some big differences as well. If you are trying to decide which to use or whether to use one as a substitute for the other, it is a good idea to find out about their respective characteristics and whether substitution is a good idea. In the SPICEography Showdown below, we will examine how green peppercorns and capers compare to each other.
When it comes to popular finishing salts, most would agree that both Himalayan salt and fleur de sel are among the most prized. Both can provide a salt flavor equally well, but there is usually more to finishing salts than flavor. If you are trying to choose between these two salts or just want to learn more about them, let’s break it all down in another SPICEography Showdown.
The first thing to note about Madras curry powder and standard curry powder is that they are both British spice blends, not Indian ones. While some go as far as to say that they have nothing to do with Indian food, this is not exactly the case. Both blends have their roots in Indian culture in that they are made up of spices that are used in traditional Indian cooking, the name curry actually comes from a Tamil word and Madras was once the name of a city in India.
Despite the fact that both blends are formulated to cater to British taste buds and have the word curry in their names, they are different. If you need a curry powder and are trying to decide between Madras curry powder and regular curry powder, it is important to look at how they compare to each other. Let’s break down the similarities and differences in another SPICEography Showdown.
Allspice and nutmeg are often paired with each other. You may see them showing up together a lot in both savory and sweet recipes. The fact that both get used in the same dish along with the fact that they have certain flavor similarities can lead to some confusion if you are not familiar with these two spices. If you want to know exactly how allspice differs from nutmeg and the best way to use each of them, the SPICEography Showdown below is for you. Take a look at allspice vs. nutmeg.