From Egypt To France Rare And Unusual Spices From Around The World

We have put together this handy guide to these rare and unusual spices that can enhance the flavour of any dish
Spices used in a dish can say a lot about a meal. Photo credit Pexels
Spices used in a dish can say a lot about a meal. Photo credit Pexels

Many different cuisines around the world depend heavily on spice blends and herbs. A dish's usage of spices can reveal a lot about the meal as a whole. In fact, they may also provide information about the recipe's origins or the cook's culture. And, of course, a nice spice blend can enhance the flavour of any dish. These five different spices can easily accomplish that.

Egypt Dukkah

Dukkah is a blend of toasted nuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin native to Egypt. It is frequently used as a rub on lamb, chicken, and fish and may be sprinkled on practically everything, including cheese, roasted vegetables, and pasta.

France Quatre Epices

A spice blend primarily used in French cuisine, Quatre Epices can be translated to "four spices." It has a mildly sweet, semi-spicy flavour and a pleasant scent. Ground pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and dried ginger are the key ingredients of this spice mix. It is often used in p&acircté, sausages, terrines, pot-cooked foods, ragout, soup, and vegetable preparations.

Japan Shichimi

Shichimi is a Japanese spice blend of seven different spices red chilli, Japanese pepper, roasted orange peel, hemp seed, crushed ginger, seaweed, and poppy seed. The spice blend, which has been around since the 17th century, is frequently eaten with soups, noodles, and gyudon (a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce).

Ethiopia and Eritrea Berbere

Coriander, ginger, garlic, basil seeds, korarima (Ethiopian cardamom), rue, ajwain, nigella, and fenugreek are all included in this spice blend. Many meals contain it, notably Ethiopia's national dish, doro wat (chicken stew). A paste known as awaze is created when Berbere is blended with oil, mead, or red wine and is used as a table condiment.

Levant Region Za&rsquoatar

Thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, roasted sesame seeds, and salt make up Za'atar. However, several variations and differing views on the ideal ratio for each ingredient are out there. This herb and spice mixture has been around since the Middle Ages and is used throughout the Middle East.

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