10 must have spices for Asian Cooking
Spices are used in different forms - whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sauted, fried and as topping. They blend food to extract the nutrients and bind them in a palatable form. Some spices are added at the end as a flavouring and are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavour should be added first. Curry is not a spice, but a term used by western people and refers to any dish in Asia or all around the world.
(you can see my recipe on curry here http://www.nazkitchenfun.com/2013/03/traditional-karahi-ghosht.html
Important Spices you need in your pantry or your kitchen to achieve in making delicious Asian Food.
If your just a learner or a expert cooking all the time, Its very important to have the main spices so your ready to cook up those tasty meals. These Main Spices im going to list below, bring a special taste, and special aromas to your food, giving you smiles on your dinner table:)
They can be bought at any food shops. Usually Halal, Asian shops or your neighborhood Pakistani, or Indian store. There are so many too list, I individually think these are the most important, but theres much more you can use.
- Red Chili Powder
- Cumin Seeds/Zeera
- Bay leafs
- Black Pepper
- Garam Masala (usually in a box) or homemade using, whole black pepper, cinnamon stick, zeera, loang/cloves, bay leafs Grinded together in a blender.