Spice Mixes - How to Make and Prepare

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For many, the term spice mix means Indian food and most often curry powder. Although the Indians are renowned for their spices and blends a spice mix can be found in recipes from around the world and throughout the ages. Spice mixes are a vital part of chutneys, pickles, breads, cakes, puddings, stews, sausages, butters, rice dishes and biscuits to name but a few.

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Spice mixes are broad ranging, easy to make and incredibly versatile. They can be a singular spice or herb blended with salt, sugar or a liquid or a combination of spices in the form of a dry powder or wet paste. When used correctly spice mixtures can add subtle nuances to food, helping to extract flavour, add depth and offer a taste of far away lands with their heady aromas and glorious colours.

The term spice mix should not be considered as spicy hot, there are wonderful sweet mixes for baking and preserving using cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice as well as savoury combinations of fennel, anise, thyme and bay. For ease of navigation the recipes are filed under their geographical location, for more information on individual spices please refer to the A-Z of Spices.

The Indian Subcontinent
The Americas
Africa and The Middle East