Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years. As far back as 2000 BC, this spice was a valuable commodity in the Middle East. One of its many uses in the ancient world was as a perfume for embalming purposes. It was brought to Europe by Arab traders where it became just as popular as it was in the Middle East. The Arab traders made sure to keep its origins secret in order to protect their monopoly.
Both curry powder and garam masala are spice blends that can be used to add color and flavor to a dish. While curry powder appears to be a British invention, garam masala is authentic and widely used on the sub-continent; however, the exact blend of spices used to make it varies from region to region. But what else separates these two popular Indian cuisine seasonings? How different are the spices and flavors? Let’s dive in with another SPICEography Showdown.
A lack of nutmeg should not keep you from making a recipe that calls for it. Most ingredients in cooking are replaceable if you are willing to research the substitutes and learn how to use them correctly. Nutmeg may seem …
The history of curry powder
The word curry is thought to originate from “kari,” the Tamil word for a thin sauce containing spices served in southern India. It was one of that region’s many gravy-like accompaniments for meat and vegetables. The Portuguese are credited with bringing the term back to Europe after colonizing parts of India; however, curry itself may go as far back as 4,000 years. Evidence of a dish containing ginger and turmeric has been found in human teeth and in a cooking pot in the ancient Indian town of Farmana. Both ginger and turmeric are still used curry dishes today.
Pepper is the most popular spice in the world and was so prized at one point in history that it was actually used as currency. In fact, European explorers were primarily seeking pepper when they found their way to the new world. Both white and black peppers come from the same plant and both are useful seasonings. In order to use these spices effectively, it is important to know how they differ in terms of appearance and flavor. Let’s breakdown the similarities and differences in another SPICEography Showdown.
How similar are allspice and cloves? What are the major differences between these two spices? In this SPICEography Showdown, we compare allspice and cloves side by side to take a look at what exactly separates these two fragrant and popular spices.
Tarragon has a distinctive flavor that many people simply don’t care for. Whether you’ve found a recipe you’d love to try making without the use of this ingredient or you simply don’t have any on hand, there are several herbs that make a great substitute for tarragon.
Almost anyone who has made a basic soup or stew has used bay leaves to flavor the dish. Bay leaves have been such a staple ingredient in soups and stews that most of us use them as we always have without giving them a second thought.
With a multitude of health benefits and uses beyond your favorite family stew recipe, bay leaves might just become one of your next go-to ingredients when you’re looking to elevate your cooking. Bursting with flavor, bay leaves have the ability to take your culinary skills to the next level!