Turmeric is such a wonderful spice. It has a rich, earthy flavour that isn’t out of place in any dish! There are a number of different spices out there, and blends are always one of the most interesting ideas to mess with when in your kitchen. In this article, we’re going to talk about a couple of our favourite spice blends, and can you guess what spice is at the forefront? That’s right: turmeric!
Turmeric Vegetable Seasoning Blend
One of the best places to use turmeric is on a big mountain of roasted vegetables. The earthy spice combines so well with the richness and delicateness of a well-cooked vegetable side.
This particular spice blend is nice and simple and can be made ahead so that you can easily grab a pinch to throw on your food whenever you may need it.
In order to make it, you’ll need to gather four ingredients in total.
Firstly, of course, you’ll need your turmeric. For one batch, you’ll need a tablespoon of ground turmeric. Personally, we recommend our own authentic Indian turmeric, for both its flavour and health benefits! The turmeric in this recipe really gives your vegetables a lot of colouring, so it’s worth ensuring you buy some high-quality stuff that will maintain its orange hue.
You’ll also need a tablespoon of paprika. Anything that you have will be great for this purpose, whether it’s regular, hot, or smoked. Personally, we prefer the smoked, especially if this spice blend is going on some roasted vegetables. It will really help to give a new dimension of flavour, as well as a brilliant red colour, which makes your veg all the more appetizing.
The third ingredient is two-and-a-half teaspoons of oregano. Now, there’s a little bit of prep work for the oregano. Typically, when you buy dried oregano at the supermarket, it will be in flakes, which are tiny parts of the leaves of oregano plants. For this blend to coat your veg as well as possible, you need to grind the oregano up a little until it’s roughly the same size as the individual particles of your other ingredients. You don’t need any special tools for this, a simple way to do it would be to place a few flakes in the palm of your hand, and then crush it with your other hand.
The final ingredient is garlic powder. A contentious ingredient which, while we believe it does have a place in the kitchen, doesn’t perhaps taste too much like garlic. When it’s combined with oil and coating your veg, you’ll be sure to taste the difference: it’ll give your meal a new depth of earthy and spiced tones.
Simply mix these ingredients together and store them in an airtight container. It’ll keep in a cool, dry spot for up to six months.
Moroccan Seven Spice Blend
This is another great blend, this one’s particularly good for if you’re hoping to barbecue something, as it will lend your food a great earthy flavour.
The first ingredients you’ll need are black pepper and ginger. We’re combining these two because they both serve the same purpose in this recipe: to give your food a gentle, piquant little kick. They’ll serve to cut through the darkness of barbecued food, and give your meal light, pleasant taste.
You’ll also need four teaspoons of cinnamon, plus half a teaspoon of ground cloves, and half a teaspoon of nutmeg. We’re combining these together because they, much like the previous ingredients, serve a similar purpose when they’re combined in a harmony like this. These sweet, spiced (like a Christmas cake) flavours will cut through the other flavours in the mix, and allow you to contextualize any darker flavour which comes through in what you’re cooking.
The final pairing is two teaspoons of turmeric and one teaspoon of cardamom. These two flavours will offer a rich, earthy note, which will serve to bring the barbecue flavour right to the forefront of every mouthful.
Spice blends are one of our favourite space-saving cooking hacks, and we can’t wait to try these blends! Make sure to tag us on social media if you give these blends a go with our turmeric. We love seeing what recipes people are making with our products, and we’d love to see what you can get up to!