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Spice Flavour Chart – Sweet and Savoury

With so many spices available to purchase in the supermarkets it can be tricky to know which spices are suitable for which types of meals. If you’re feeling experimental and want to create your own meals for baby and the rest of the family, you can create your very own spice blend using a combination of the flavour details I’ve listed below.

There are no rules about what you should and shouldn’t use spices with when it comes to cooking, so you needn’t be cooking a curry when you use them. Add one or two spices to your everyday meals to make them more exciting for the family. For example, add some ground coriander to casseroles, star anise to barbeques or add a little paprika to your bolognaise sauce. There are tons of combinations to try!

Black Pepper

Flavour: strong, deep flavour, sharp

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Can be used with virtually everything!

Baking spice: no

 

Cardamom – black

Flavour: smoky, menthol aroma, warm, bold flavour

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Try it in my Humble Dhal, Crumbly Beef Goulash family recipes or my Black Eyed Bean Pilaf with Lime recipe for toddlers.

Baking spice: no

 

Cardamom – green

Flavour: fragrant, sweet, menthol aroma, delicate flavour

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

A sweet yogurt dessert to try this spice with – Papaya Shrikhand for babies

Baking spice: yes

 

Cayenne Pepper

Flavour: hot, spicy flavour

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Try this in my Sloppy Joe Kebab for the family

Baking spice: traditionally no, although is fab in chocolate chilli cake

 

Cinnamon

Flavour: sweet, woody, warm

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Delicious in my Spicy Sweet Potato Fries or my Simple Banana Sticks with a Touch of Cinnamon for babies

Baking spice: yes

 

Cloves

Flavour: warm, sweet, aromatic, woody

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Try them in my Thai Lamb Masala Curry for the family or my Spiced Winter Pear for babies.

Baking spice: yes

 

Coriander – ground

Flavour: strong nutty aroma and sweetish piquant taste

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Try it in most of my recipes including my Masala Fish Curry or Indian Meatballs in a 5 Minute Marinara Sauce family recipes. Alternatively try it in a Yummy Spiced Potato Pie for babies

Baking spice: traditionally no, although can be used in cakes and biscuits

 

Cumin – ground

Flavour: earthy, warm, mild, nutty

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

My little one loves it in these Mini Masala Omelettes. Ready in less than 10mins!

Baking spice: no

 

Curry Powder

Flavour: aromatic spice blend

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Baking spice: no

 

Ginger – ground

Flavour: warm, earthy

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Try it in another quick kids meal – Baked Bean Curry on Toast

Baking spice: yes

 

Garlic Powder

Flavour: flavoursome, not as sharp as fresh garlic and sweeter

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Baking spice: no

 

Nutmeg

Flavour: warm, strong, nutty, earthy

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Yummy in my naturally sweet Saffron and Date Kheer for babies or in my savoury Indian Salmon Risotto for toddlers

Baking spice: yes

 

Paprika

Flavour: warm, smoky

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

A couple of recipes to try this spice in – Lamb, Saag and Aloo Curry as a family meal or my 5 Minute Teriyaki Salmon as a quick meal for kids.

Baking spice: no

 

Red Chilli Powder

Flavour: hot, spicy flavour

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Baking spice: no

 

Star Anise

Flavour: strong, liquorice-like flavour

Tastes best with: sweet and savoury dishes

Can be used widely in barbeques, curries, casseroles, soups, tomato sauces

Baking spice: yes

 

Turmeric

Flavour: woody aroma

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Used in most of my meals including my Fruity Vegetable Bolognaise for toddlers

Baking spice: no

 

White Pepper

Flavour: slightly hot, peppery, earthy

Tastes best with: savoury dishes

Baking spice: no

 

Vanilla

Flavour: extremely fragrant, sweet, floral aroma

Tastes best with: sweet dishes

Delicious in cupcakes, cakes and more cakes!

Baking spice: yes

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