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Tips for Cooking with Exotic Spices and Herbs

Tips for Cooking with Exotic Spices and Herbs

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Cooking with exotic spices and herbs can add depth, complexity, and unique flavours to your dishes. Here are some tips to help you make the most of these ingredients:


1. Start with Fresh Ingredients:

Whenever possible, use fresh herbs and spices. They will have a more vibrant flavour compared to their dried counterparts. However, not all dried herbs & spices are the same. Keya Foods’ freeze-dried herb range provides freshness and aroma similar to fresh herbs. Even the spices are sourced from Origins like Kashmiri Paprika PowderSri Lankan Cinnamon Powderand Travancore Nutmeg Powder which are flavourful and rich that even a pinch gives a burst of freshness, aroma and flavour.

Spices and Herbs 


2. Store Properly:

Keep your spices and herbs in a cool, dark place to maintain their freshness. Consider using airtight containers to prevent moisture and air from affecting their quality. Since storage is a concern for herbs and spices, Keya provides all its herbs, seasonings & spices in airtight glass bottles with controllable dispenser caps convenient for different applications like sprinkling & cooking.

Stored properly 


3. Experiment Gradually:

If you're new to a particular spice or herb, start with a small amount and gradually increase as you become familiar with its flavour profile. This way, you can avoid overpowering your dish. As cooking is full of experiments, Keya’s wide range of herbsseasoningsauthentic spiceseveryday ingredients & grinders provide you with the confidence to try different flavours in all your dishes. This range is such an enabler that you can explore Indian Italian, Mexican, and Chinese cuisines in just a pinch.


4. Learn Pairings:

Understand the traditional pairings of spices and herbs with different cuisines. For example, cumin and coriander are common in Middle Eastern dishes, while cilantro and lime are often used in Mexican cuisine. Similarly, parsley and oregano are core ingredients in Italian food. Keya’s legacy holds a plethora of traditional pairings of spices & herbs while expanding into new and unique flavours like lemongrass, Thyme, Rosemary, white pepper & seasonings like Taco Nacho Seasoning, Mexican Seasoning, etc.



5. Balance Flavours:

Consider the balance of flavours in your dish. Spices and herbs should complement, not overpower, the other ingredients. Balance between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter notes. Keya’s expertise in ingredients has formulated a balance of these notes in all its herbs, spices and everyday ingredients.



6. Toast Spices:

Toasting whole spices before grinding or adding them to a dish can enhance their flavour. Be cautious not to burn them, as this can result in a bitter taste.


7. Use Whole Spices:

Whole spices, such as cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, or cloves, can offer a more subtle and complex flavour compared to pre-ground versions. Grind them just before use for optimal freshness.


8. Fresh Herbs at the End:

Add fresh herbs towards the end of the cooking process to preserve their delicate flavours. This is especially important for herbs like basil, cilantro, and parsley.

Fresh Herbs at the end


9. Understand Heat Levels:

Be aware of the heat levels of spices. For example, cayenne pepper can be quite spicy, so start with a small amount and adjust to your preference.


10. Pair with Aromatics:

Combine exotic spices and herbs with aromatic ingredients like Keya Onion Flakes, Garlic Granules & Garlic Powder, and Ginger Powder to create a flavourful base for your dishes.

 Pair with aromatics

11. Research and Learn:

Take the time to research and learn about the spices and herbs you're using. Understand their origins, traditional uses, and potential health benefits.


12. Be Creative:

Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with different combinations. Trust your taste buds and have fun exploring new flavour profiles.

Be Creative 


Remember that cooking with exotic spices and herbs is a personal journey, and your preferences may differ from others. Enjoy the process of discovering unique and exciting flavours in your culinary adventures. 

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