How many times have you started a recipe only to realize you’re missing four of the spices listed? Or you just downed the best spoonful of chicken tikka masala and wondered what makes it taste so damn good? We’ve found ourselves in these situations before, and we want answers.
We’re breaking down the flavor profiles of our favorite cuisines, and telling you which spices work their magic within the dishes. Plus, for the life-hackers out there, we’ll do you one better than just telling you which spices to buy: We’re listing exact measurements for how to make the ultimate spice blend for each cuisine. Add a tablespoon or two to your dish and you’ll be good to go.
Though more reliant on ingredient freshness than seasoning, herbs (as opposed to spices) play a large role in Italian cooking. In fact, many popular Italian dishes are seasoned with no more than herbs and olive oil. While the most potent flavor comes from fresh herbs, dried will always work in a pinch.
DIY Italian Seasoning Mix:
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder