Culinary use of spices, defined as the edible but non-leafy parts of certain plants.

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What can I substitute fennel pollen with?

In this simple spaghetti recipe, fennel pollen is used. From googling it, it sounds like MSG :). I'd rather not buy it since it's so expensive, so is there any way to substitute this stuff in the ...
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Why did my Red Chilli Powder Turned Brown?

When fresh , it was pure red in color. But after a couple of months it turned brown. Its home made so no case of adulteration.
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Is it true that putting spices in something then baking it destroys the spices?

I heard that putting spices in something and putting it in the oven will eliminate the taste of the spices. Is this true? For example if I were to put spice in lasagna before putting it in the oven ...
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How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware?

As much as I value tumeric for its rumoured cancer-battling qualities, I find its tendency to stain anything it comes into contact with (including 'stainless' steel) discouraging to the point that I ...
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Need help identifying 2 ingredients in homemade chicken biryani

I am very fortunate to work in an office where I am one of about 3 caucasians for around 100 people originating from Asia. Yesterday, we had a pot luck, and one of the dishes was a fantastic chicken ...
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What is this fungus/lichen in my Garam Masala? (“Trifle”/truffle?)

I just bought a lovely bag of Garam Masala, and was all ready to grind some when I got home! But when I opened it, I found something I didn’t recognise — at first I thought something had gone mouldy, ...
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What are the ingredients (spices) of Sri Lankan curry powder?

In the following accepted answer you can find the ingredients of the Indian curry powder. I usually cook with Indian curry powder, however, I recently received some Sri Lankan curry powder. The ...
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Why is garam masala in many curry paste/powder recipes?

Garam masala, of course, is a blend of warming spices. However, many of those spices are listed individually in recipes for curry pastes and powders that also call for garam masala. Since most garam ...
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Döner Kebab Spices?

I'm trying to replicate the spice mix used for Döner Kebab. I am interested in spice combinations from any area. However, I am most interested in which spices are used to prepare it around western ...
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What spices taste umami?

Are there natural spices that taste umami? I don't want to use MSG in my food, but I'd like to add some umami flavour.
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What are the differences between spice paste and spice powder? Which should be preferred over the other for what reasons?

Assuming both are freshly available, are there reasons why one should prefer paste over powder or vice versa? Example: I have seen both Garlic powder and Garlic paste available in the market. ...
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What are the types and pros/cons of electric and manual spice and nut grinders available? What qualities should be looked for while purchasing them?

Example spices/nuts that I'll be grinding: * Cumin seeds * Mustard seeds * Peanuts * Black pepper corns * Garlic buds and ginger * Cloves Questions: Which kind of grinders allow water in them for ...
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How long does ginger root last?

I bought ginger root months ago, and I didn't use all of it. I've kept it in the fridge and it still seems good. How long will it last?
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How to know how many tablespoons of seeds correspond to 1 table spoon of its ground form? [duplicate]

Please point out a conversion method or the Google keywords which would result in a trusted measuring chart for converting seeds to powder or paste form or vice versa. Example: 1 tablespoon of ...
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Spice combination(s) excluding salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, onion/garlic/alliums? [closed]

What spice combination(s) work well for someone who (for health reasons) can't have salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, or alliums (onions, garlic, etc)? This person is additionally (for religions ...
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Will paprika taste good in my soup?

I've been making a soup that has an onion + garlic + carrot + celery + flour base, and then chunks of sweet potato and potato as well as barley added. I've been spicing it with salt, pepper, garlic ...
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Pepper mill - which color and length?

I've decided to get myself a pepper mill and it'll be a manual Zassenhaus but I'm not sure about the length and color. I'm thinking about 18 or 24 cm but I guess it simply comes down to what you feel ...
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How can you make a sauce less spicy/hot?

Sometimes when I'm making a sauce or soup that needs to be a bit spicy, I have no troubles spicing how I want to. But if the dinner party is a bit late, or I made the sauce in advance to really draw ...
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Matching herbs with meats [closed]

I'm well aware of how well rosemary and lamb goes together, but apart from that I'm a bit clueless. Is there a web page or something out there which can tell me what meat goes well with what ...
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How do I keep soup from being bland?

I've been experimenting with soups recently and trying different recipes, and I've found that I often come out with a good soup that's a bit too bland in taste. And yes, salt and pepper makes a huge ...
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How to increase spiciness without abusing hot spices?

It's easy to make food more spicy by dumping a bag of ground hot pepper in it, or adding a pound of sambal, or pick one of the capsaicin concentrates and add a few drops. I'm interested though in ...
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pieces of wood in cinnamon

I recently bought some organic cinnamon (not ground, broken pieces for a hand mill) and saw what looks like pieces of wood in the mix (they don't have the same color as the rest of the pieces). Is ...
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Herbs and spices that complement cream of mushroom soup [closed]

On Monday I will be making cream of mushroom Soup at school and I would like to make it the best possible. I will be making a mushroom stock as its base. Are there any specific herbs and spices that ...
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Seasoning Chili for Young Children

We have a 3 year old toddler who is not a fan of spicy foods. She doesn't like heat of any type, and doesn't like strong flavors. How can we season a turkey chili to keep her happy, and still make it ...
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What are the possible substitutions for Cumin in Indian cuisine?

I've always been interested in trying to make some type of dahl or other Indian cuisine but I'm severely allergic to Cumin. This typically strikes me out for recipes with curry or chili powder. Does ...
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Recommendations for spice organization strategies

Spices have always been the hardest thing for me to keep track of in the kitchen. I'm interested in specific recommendations for hardware (containers, labeling, shelving, etc.) and organization ...
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Oil separating from fried onion/spice mixture, why does it happen?

I was always taught when cooking Indian dishes to fry spices in a chopped/pureed onion and garlic mixture to release their flavour and essential oils. I was also taught that when the oil separates ...
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Why do cinnamon sticks taste sweet?

I often nibble on a cinnamon stick because first of all I like the taste and the smell and secondly it seems to help in weight loss. How comes that cinnamon sticks seem to taste sweet, even though ...
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Why do vegetables cooked with freshly ground spices taste better than those cooked with powdered spices available in the market?

I used to use powdered spices (purchased from market) for all my vegetables. Lately I have started grinding the spice seeds myself to use in the vegetables. I have noticed a remarkable "taste" ...
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Getting flavor powders to stick to nuts

I've just checked for some recipes online on how to make flavored (in particular, hot and spicy) peanuts. It seems that in every one of these recipes, there has to be some kind of roasting procedure ...
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In which kind of food items can Asafoetida be used? [closed]

I have heard about the medical benefits of Asafoetida. I used it once in Brinjals (which while cooking contained only Ginger powder, Fennel powder, salt and red chilli powder). The addition of ...
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Which other spices besides cloves will react with plastic?

I am reading that cloves can cloud the plastic in my grinder at Cooking for engineers Does this happen with any other spices?
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How can I use white pepper without having the odor dominate the food flavour?

I received several different pepper (spice) for christmas. One of them is a white pepper. Whenever I use (very) little of this white pepper in my dishes, the odor/flavor is very dominant cutting out ...
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How can I prevent cross-contamination when applying a dry or wet rub to meat?

In either wet or dry rub prep, if you use both hands, you will have likely contaminated the rub by the end. How can I prevent this from occurring?
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What are appropriate spices/herbs for spinach?

Tonight, my mom prepared spinach and we were discussing what spices go well with spinach. I google'd a bit and I found 'nutmeg' on some sites, but it seems like a strange combo to me. Honestly, I ...
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What can I add to frozen peas for more flavor? [closed]

I want to serve plain cooked frozen peas. However, whenever I try it, they taste kind of bland... What's a simple spice or ingredient that I can add to spice it up a bit, but still pretty much stick ...
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Is curry ketchup just ketchup with curry powder?

We use both tomato ketchup and curry ketchup as condiments in Belgium. On the curry ketchup label, amongst other ingredients is "curry (1%)". So I tried adding curry powder to regular ketchup to see ...
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How is it that (temperature) heat makes some seasonings and foods (spicy) hotter, but mellows others?

Toasting many spices,and heating some peppers increases and brings out the spice and heat. Other foods, such as onions, shallots and garlic (yes, I know they're from the same family; just can't think ...
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Toasting spices with and without oil

After heading to my trusty Indian market yesterday I was speaking with the owner about how awful fenugreek seeds are uncooked. He suggested (with black mustard seeds and cumin seeds) to throw them in ...
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What is the correct temperature when extracting saffron flavour?

I have several recipes that call for saffron. Obviously, they all say to put the saffron in some water to extract the flavour so it spreads more evenly in the dish. However, there is no mention of the ...
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Doner kebab aroma

Doner kebab is a kind of food which draws every person who is passing by just with the aroma coming from the place where they make them. In a place where I live they make doner kebabs using pork or ...
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How to spice up a carrot cake

I have made a carrot cake several times, and I like the way the cake turns out but I want it to have more spice flavors. The recipe only calls for 1 tsp of cinnamon, but since I want it to have more ...
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Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?

I love Indian food and have been experimenting with curry recipes, and many of them ask for 'garam masala'. I know it's a spice mix but I can't find it for sale anywhere around me. I've also read ...
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Recreating a Mexican spice blend I have bought

I previous bought a pre-made spice blend from a health food store which I absolutely loved however its $5 per 30g which is pretty expensive so I was thinking I would try and recreate it. The ...
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What is sumac used for?

A friend of mine told me she uses sumac (I am not sure she was teasing me, or what). Is sumac used in cuisine? If it is used, what is it used for?
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Flavor and Chemical Composition of Thyme

What is the flavor of Thyme? What chemicals give it this flavor?
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My salmon burgers are bland

I just tried to fry a salmon fillet and eat it as a I would a hamburger patty: with bread, cucumber and tomato. No matter my seasoning, I keep finding the taste bland. What could I do to enhance the ...
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What sauce / spices can make a tofu steak taste like a beef steak

I had an unbelievably good tofu steak in a restaurant in Tokyo many years ago. I have never been able to reproduce it. It tasted uncannily like a beef steak. What sauce / spices could I use to ...
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After how much time do ground/powdered spices start losing their flavor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shelf life of spices Suppose I grind the mustard + cumin + pepper seeds and keep them covered in a bowl, after how much time should I expect them to lose their flavor? ...
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How can I spice up ground beef without using pepper?

I cooked up some good-quality minced beef yesterday with salt, onion, and breadcrumbs. (I wrapped it around hardboiled eggs and baked it.) I didn't use any pepper because I have allergies, and I ...