Spice mix

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A container of pumpkin pie spice

Spice mixes are blended spices or herbs. When a certain combination of herbs or spices is called for in many different recipes (or in one recipe that is used frequently), it is convenient to blend these ingredients beforehand. Blends such as chili powder, curry powder, herbes de Provence, garlic salt, and other seasoned salts are traditionally sold pre-made by grocers, and sometimes baking blends such as pumpkin pie spice are also available. These spice mixes are also easily made by the home cook for later use.

Masala[edit]

Masala or massala is a South Asian term for a spice mix.[1] A masala can be either a combination of dried (and usually dry-roasted) spices, or a paste (such as vindaloo masala) made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients—often garlic, ginger, onions and chilli paste. Masalas are used extensively in Indian cuisine to add spice and flavour.[2] Other South Asian cuisines including Pakistani, Nepali, Bangladeshi, Burmese, and Sri Lankan regularly use spice mixes.

Common blends and sample recipes[edit]

Ingredients for a Gulf-style baharat

For recipes of spice mixes see the mixed spice section in wikibooks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ masala. CollinsDictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved December 03, 2012.
  2. ^ V.K. Modi, G.S. Sidde Gowda, P.Z. Sakhare, N.S. Mahendrakar, and D. Narasimha Rao. "Pre-processed spice mix formulation and changes in its quality during storage". LWT - Food Science and Technology. Department of Meat, Fish and Poultry Technology, Central Food Technological Research Institute. Retrieved 25 March 2011.