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Peek into the Spice Trade

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Baklava (Recipe)

cinnamon cloves recipes

Baklava is one of those desserts that you will never forget once you try it. It can be best described as the dessert answer to the Croissant. It’s native to the remains of the Ottoman Empire (for example Turkey or the Middle East), and is also very popular in parts of Asia. Baklava is a technical dish, but only requires a small number of ingredients. It’s also well worth the effort. A good baklava is layered with flavour and fit for a king. In fact, it is believed to have been developed in the Imperial palace kitchens in Turkey centuries...

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Spicy Stuffed Okra, Indian Style

chilli coriander cumin mustard recipes

                              Recipe: Spicy Stuffed Okra Serves: 2-3 Ingredients For the Stuffing1/4 cup coarse ground peanuts100g tomatoes finely chopped1″ fresh ginger grated1 Green chilli finely choppeda small bunch of coriander leaves finely choppeda small bunch of1 tsp Coriander seed + Cumin seed (ground)1 Red chilli (ground)1/4 tsp Turmeric (ground)3/4 tsp salt or to taste1 tsp brown sugar For Frying200g Okra washed, edges trimmed and slit½ tsp black mustard seeds½ tsp cumin seeds1 tsp sesame seeds1 ½ tbsp peanut oil To serve1 tbsp freshly grated coconut1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice Preparation method1. Mix all ingredients for the stuffing and fill it in the...

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Star Anise

market news star anise

Star Aniseeds new crop is in market – crop size is substantially large, and prices are at multi-year lows. We have rarely seen such market prices remain at such low prices for more than couple of months.  

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Cloves prices

cloves market news

Madagascar origin new crop Cloves after falling down about 50% below their recent peak, have again started creeping up due to shortage and renewed demand.  

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Caraway Seeds

caraway seeds market news

Frenetic demand recorded in Caraway seeds market in last two weeks from Far East, South Asia and Middle East.  

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