With these flavor blends you will be ready for culinary globe trotting at a moment’s notice. Whip up one or more of these recipes to enliven any meal. Simply combine the ingredients in a small, airtight container and shake to mix.
JAPANESE 7 SPICE
Flavor Note: Drawing from Japanese principles of simplicity, this blend combines a few hardworking ingredients to achieve a citrusy addition to your recipes.
Combine 2 Tbsp. dried orange peel, 4 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, 2 tsp. black sesame seeds, 2 tsp. crushed red pepper.
TUSCAN GARLIC HERB MIX
Flavor Note: Fragrant and herbaceous, this Italian-style mix goes with anything containing tomatoes or veggie cheeses like mozzarella or ricotta.
Combine 2 Tbsp. dried rosemary, 2 Tbsp. dried thyme, 4 tsp. fennel seeds, 4 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. dried marjoram, and 1 tsp. dried sage.
Flavor Note: Warming spices like turmeric and cumin suggest the flavor celebrated in Moroccan cuisine. Sprinkle on roasted veggies or in a dip.
Combine 2 Tbsp. ground turmeric, 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, 1 Tbsp. ground coriander, 2 tsp. paprika, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. dried thyme, and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.
MEXICAN CHILE-CAROB SPICE
Flavor Note: Mexican cuisine is skilled at balancing sweetness and heat. Slightly citrusy Mexican oregano serves as a bridge between these two profiles.
Combine 2 Tbsp. ancho chile powder, 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika, 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, 2 tsp. dried Mexican oregano or dried oregano, 2 tsp. unsweetened carob powder.
THAI HOT PEPPER SPICE
Flavor Note: Cayenne and paprika give this blend its spice, but ginger gets credit for the lingering kick. Yummy in tomato or lentil soup.
Combine 10 tsp. paprika, 2 tsp. ground coriander, 2 tsp. ground cumin, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. onion power, and 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.
INDIAN MASALA MIX
Flavor Note: A masala is simply any blend of spices found in South Asian cuisine. This combination is a good place to start.
Combine 2 Tbsp. ground coriander, 2 Tbsp. ground cumin, 1 Tbsp. ground cardamom, 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.
SCANDINAVIAN LEMON SPICE
Flavor Note: Refreshing lemon, dill, and tarragon are combined with caraway seeds for a flicker of cooling sweetness.
Combine 2 Tbsp. dried dill weed, 2 Tbsp. dried tarragon, 2 tsp. dried lemon peel, 2 tsp. onion powder, and 1 tsp. caraway seeds.
MIX & STORE
Keep your blends with the rest of your spices in a cool place away from direct sunlight up to six months.