If you want to add an extra dimension to your cooking, there is a whole world of possibility at your fingertips when you buy Turkish spices online. In this blog, I look at a range of spices to add extra flavour at mealtimes and whilst many of those mentioned don’t originate in Turkey, they’re widely used there, so I’ll occasionally refer to them throughout as ‘Turkish’ based on this fact.
The difference that adding spices of this kind can make to your food is huge, as you’ll find out when you include them in your kitchen spice rack.
So, without wasting any more time on hyperbole, let’s get into interesting stuff, where I delve down into just some of the amazing spices that exist. There are some you’ll know and others that are altogether more exotic.
Tastes &Flavours to Give Your Cuisine Pzaz!
When you buy Turkish spices online you’ll get to choose from:
As the name points to, this particular spice originated in the Syrian city of Aleppo and it’s one that’s become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. It’s long been used widely in Mediterranean cuisine and is a great ingredient for use in marinades and meat rubs. In fact, it’s also great when you use it with vegetables. It’s something of an all-rounder that offers a mild-medium heat.
Another option you’ll be presented with when you buy Turkish spices online are cardamom pods which are on the pricey side, but they’re well worth the expense. Offering a complex blend of fruity, near-menthol, piney flavours, it can add a wonderful complementing taste to any dish its used with. However, be sparing with it, as if you use too much it can make your food a touch bitter.
If you prefer a smokey taste over a piquante or chilli-like taste, then you’ll love Baharat. Popular in Arabian states, it offers an aromatic effect that’s subtle but also a little sweet and it too should be used sparingly. Similar in taste to garam masala (used widely in South Asian cooking), it’s a good one for those who like the spicy taste, but don’t like the heat that usually comes with it.
There are lots of people who like their food to come along with a zing and if you’re one of them, you should take a look at Harissa the next time you buy turkish spices online. It differs from standard chilli powder by offering an earthier depth that includes tones of lemon and garlic and in some areas of the world. It can also be sweet and smoky. Be careful how much you use though, as it can result in a piping-hot effect that will have you reaching for the water jug!
Popular in West Asia and Africa, Marjoram is a mild spice that takes a little like thyme with a stronger, sweeter aroma. It can be a little bitter depending on where you get it, but the sabinene compound that it contains offers a fresh, citrusy taste that can make a real difference to a meal when used in the right way. As with all of the spices we cover here today, use it sparingly and stick to the recipe or you could ruin the overall subtleness it provides.
Originating in Ethiopia, Berbere contains a complex blend of flavours and offers more than a degree or two of heat. It’s a great addition to stews, marinades, as well as chicken, beef and lamb dishes. Again it’s mainly for the palette that enjoys a burn, so if you like mild cuisine with no heat – it’s probably one to avoid!
Just a Small Selection of the Taste Possibilities
When you start looking through the many options you get when you buy turkish spice online, it can be quite addictive, as there are so many hidden treasures out there for you to try.
Experimenting with new ingredients and recipes is always great fun, as I know from my own experiences. There’s nothing quite like seeing the look on my flat mate’s face when I hand over a meal and he gets an unexpectedly rich taste explosion.
I call it the spice effect and I encourage you to try these and all the other spices you can at some point, as you really don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t.