The Spice Trade

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Recipe: Spicy Taco Rice

Spicy Taco Rice

I have been to Okinawa only once, and that was when I had just broken up with my first relationship (hahaha, I wanted to enjoy life even though I was still sad, so I chose to travel alone 😉 ) While I was there, I tried local cuisines such as Okinawa soba and goya chanpuru. I also tried yummy sweets, sata andagi. They were so good. But taco rice! I missed taco rice while I was there. So I cooked my own version when I came back. Different households have a different way of cooking taco rice. Many people use lettuce and … keep reading

Recipe: Cucumber & Onion Raita

Cucumber & Onion Raita

Yesterday I misread a promotion deal in nearby supermarket and ended up buying 3kg of plain yogurt. That’s a lot for a family of two! Following my husband’s suggestion, I made Maccha yogurt sorbet last night that’s still sitting in the freezer and marinated chicken for tomorrow’s dinner. I still have 2kg of yogurt which will expire in 7 days. What can I do? After searching for options, I decided to make cucumber salad using yogurt. I’ve made salad with yogurt before, but I didn’t know by adding spices the dish becomes what is called “Raita.” So I added a hint … keep reading

Recipe: Kokum Rasam, spiced indian soup

kokum rasam preparation spices

This one is something of a uncommon way of preparing rasam, a traditional Indian soup. The addition of Kokum makes this Rasam tangy, darker and balance well with the traditional sweet and spicy rasam flavour. You can mix it with rice and turn it into a main dish, or drink by itself as a refreshing snack. It’s extremely low in calories as it’s almost all water, but very filling, and as with all things spice: bursting with flavour. Recipe: Kokum Rasam Serves: 3-4 Ingredients – 5 pieces dry kokum – 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (kashmiri chillies are mild, and … keep reading

Dukkah (Recipe), an addictive middle eastern spice rub

Dukkah Egyptian Spice Blend

When you first see Dukkah, it may look a bit odd: what are you supposed to do with these blended nuts and spices? But when you try to use it suddenly the choices are astonishing. It can be mixed with some oil and eaten as a rustic dip for breads. You can rub it over meats and bake or pan fry for a lovely crunch and exotic taste. Or just munch on it raw… but beware, it’s addictive! Dukkah is also customisable, add in your own seeds or spices to create new flavours! Recipe: Dukkah (Middle eastern spice rub) Ingredients … keep reading

Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

xacuti chicken curry spices goa

Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour. Chicken Xacuti Ingredients 1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces 5 grams turmeric powder 1 tsp salt 2 inches of ginger 10 flakes garlic 1/2 bunch fresh coriander 5 green chillies 2 tsp oil 2 … keep reading

How to use Coriander Seeds and where they come from

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Some know Coriander by it’s spanish name Cilantro, however the name is a little confusing: Coriander usually refers to the ripe and dried seeds of the plant, whereas Cilantro usually refers to the leaves of the plant. Coriander is an incredibly versatile plant.  All parts of the plant are edible. The most used parts are the fruit and the leaves. Although its exact origins remains a mystery, coriander has been extensively cultivated for centuries in many temperate climates such as the Middle East, Latin America, the Southern part of Europe, Africa, and Asia.  Nowadays the world’s largest producer by far … keep reading

Fresh Dates and Tamarind Chutney

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Sweet chutneys are not often the first thing that comes to mind with Indian cuisine, but they have a special place in food. Not everything is hot hot hot. This sweet chutney made using dates and tamarind, a tradition followed all around the country for various different dishes. It’s sweet and tangy, and so very refreshing from the heat and spice that accompanies everything else at a usual indian meal. You can use this sweet chutney on all indian “chaat” items such as Pani Puri, Ragda Patties, Bhel Puri, Aloo Tikki. It’s also a nice dip for Samosas, Pakoras and … keep reading

Recipe: Harissa, the exotic garlic chilli paste from Africa

harissa baked oysters recipes

Harissa has been relied upon by cooks in North Africa for seasoning cooked meats and vegetables for a long long time. It’s very dependable, and highly flexible to most food. This sauce adds a wonderful depth of flavour to bring a spark to any dish, for instance a lightly spread onto falafel, rubbed onto slow cooked lamb, or served as a dip alongside bitesized snacks. This recipe is quite spicy, so use only a little bit of Harissa at a time. Thanks to the garlic, salt, and lemon used, Harissa should be safe to store in the fridge for up … keep reading

Coriander Market Update

Regency Coriander Seeds

Just a quick update on the going-ons of coriander seeds. February to May is usual farming season for most indian spices (some go year round, but many start appearing in the markets around this time). One of these such spices is the Coriander Seed. Coriander prices have started to rise rapidly, due to the same unseasonal rains we’ve seen affecting other spices. This year also accompanied by hailstorms, a rarity in India. The crop damage is the key reason for price rises, but some buyers are still on the fence about buying. The hesitation is caused because the crop that’s … keep reading

Regency explores the spice blend Ras El Hanout

ras el hanout whole spices

One item that’s recently caught our attention is the Moroccan spice blend Ras El Hanout. It’s used throughout North Africa as a popular spice blend (not to be confused with Berbere, a similar looking but altogether different blend). Being a blend, it’s susceptible to many impurity problems that are widespread in the spice trade. Traders often blend in cheap ingredients that otherwise they would be ashamed to sell whole, as we illustrated in our research of garlic powder dilution. Ras El Hanout is even more susceptible, because it’s a blend of many spices. Not only can poor quality items be … keep reading