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  1. Our 6 Best Saffron Recipes What is Saffron? Crocus sativus L., otherwise known as saffron, is one of the most expensive spices in the world. As a rule of thumb, the deeper the color of saffron threads, the better the quality. Deep red with orange tips is considered to be the best. Real saffron threads are fine and evenly sized, with a thin yellow tendril on one end and what looks like a flute on the other side. The color of saffron threads is a deep red. The highest quality saffron threads have the most minimal yellow...
  2. Spice Hacks: Best Coriander Substitute? Coriander seeds have been treasured from India and China to the Middle East since early history. Coriander seeds have even been found in old Sanskrit writings and early Egyptian tombs. Coriander seeds have a mild flavor, so don't hesitate to use these liberally. They blend beautifully with garlic and chili and pair well with lamb, sausages and other pork dishes, curries, and vegetables. The seeds are used whole for pickling and in drinks, ground coriander for baking and soups and add a f...
  3. Swedish Saffron Buns These Swedish saffron buns are known as Lussebullar, in Sweden and are made in kitchens all over the country in honor of St. Lucia's Day, also known as the Festival of Light. We love these delicate, light, special buns, made with saffron threads, all year long. Ingredients RawSpiceBar’s Saffron Threads 6 oz. butter, melted 2 ½ c. lukewarm milk 1 c. sugar 1.7 oz. fresh yeast ½ tsp salt 2 lbs wheat flour, or as needed Beaten egg, for brushing Raisins, for garnish Directions 1. Pla...
  4. Hawaij Coffee Hawaij is a Yemen specialty, coffee beans with freshly ground spices from a Yemeni spice blend called hawaij. Perfect for coffee, coffee cake or breads. Enjoy! Ingredients Coffee beans for 2 cups of coffee, scale as needed 1 tsp RawSpiceBar's Hawaij Directions 1. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of RawSpiceBar's spices to ground coffee beans for each 1 cup of coffee, depending on how spicy you like it. Brew as normal. 2. Add steamed milk or anything else you'd like and enjoy!
  5. Spice Hacks: The Best Garam Masala Substitute? Need a garam masala replacement in a hurry? This spice hack for a garam masala substitute of coriander, cumin, cinnamon & black peppercorns will do the trick. Garam masala is a warming blend of spices like coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. First, whole spices are toasted in a dry pan for a minute to release flavor oils, then freshly ground. It is the core flavor base of many South Asian dishes and varies regionally as well as from one cook to another. Be wa...
  6. What does Saffron Taste Like? The Magical Allure What does Saffron Taste Like? Saffron has a subtly earthy & grassy flavor & aroma, yet sweet, similar to floral & honey. No spice is more special than saffron. With an unmistakable scent and flavor, saffron straddles sweet and savory effortlessly, and it bestows a striking golden hue on every dish it graces. A few strands of saffron will transform a long list of dishes, adding a mysterious allure to everything from risottos and milk puddings to rich curries and fish stews. Our f...
  7. The Best Caraway Seed Substitute If there was a spice that really packed a punch flavor-wise, it would be caraway. Caraway makes its appearance in many Asian, European and African specialties, and its complex flavor adds a lot of depth in savory and sweet dishes. A prime ingredient in different rye bread recipes, it is also a requirement in making polish sausages, Tunisian harissa and sauerkraut (among others) in order to make it authentic. But when caraway seeds are out of stock at your local grocer or spice shop, there are...
  8. Best Paprika Substitute? Paprika is one of the most common spices used- and for good reason. Paprika comes in a variety of styles - hot, smoked, sweet - and some of the best paprikas are either Hungarian or Spanish (we love this smoked paprika). Paprika can also provide several health benefits, adds spice to your dish, and a bright crimson color, paprika should never go missing in your kitchen cabinet. But what if you suddenly run out of this spice? Do not worry because you can still complete your dish without paprik...
  9. Cooking Hacks: Best Bay Leaf Substitute Bay leaf, also known as laurel leaf, is mostly used in soups and broths because it can enhance the aroma and the flavor. Now, if you are in the middle of cooking something and you realize that you have run out of bay leaves already for dinner. There’s no need to worry. If you have these following herbs sitting in your kitchen cabinet, it can act as an alternative for bay leaf. Best Bay Leaf Substitutes Best bets: Thyme or OreganoBasilJuniper berries Thyme Maybe you are a little hesitant beca...
  10. Key Wat (Ethiopian Spicy Stewed Beef) Key wat is an Ethiopian style stew that is typically prepared with freshly ground spices plus chicken, beef, lamb or a variety of vegetables. The cornerstone of this dish is a spice blend called berbere spice, a deeply flavorful, spicy blend of cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek, garlic, cloves, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, and dried red chiles. These spices are all toasted and freshly ground and is similar to how garam masala is used in India. This dish can easil...
  11. Chinese Five Spice Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook, It's All Good These Chinese five spice muffins are the perfect mix of ingredients and flavors - super tasty and one of our favorite breakfast snacks. Ingredients 1 large sweet potato1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk3/4 cup maple syrup, plus 2 extra tablespoons for brushing1 tsp pure vanilla extract2 cups gluten-free flour2 tsp baking powder2 tsp baking soda1 1/2 tablespoons RawSpiceBar's Chinese five spic...
  12. How to: Bloom Spices in Oil While grinding whole spices is a crucial part of maximizing flavor, blooming ground spices in oil when cooking will take your dish to the next level. We'll show you how! There are two very good reasons for frying ground spices in oil, one chemical and the other physical. First, heating up the spices in oil releases fat-soluble flavor compounds contained within spices like cumin and coriander. Second, adding spices to oil will distribute their flavor far more efficiently in the finished d...
  13. Spice Hacks: Best Saffron Substitute? We'll just start this off by saying: there really is no saffron substitute for the real thing- high quality saffron threads are pretty much irreplaceable. But if you're in a pinch and need to add a bit of saffron-esque color, the below will do the trick. Best Saffron Substitutes Turmeric Cardamom Safflower Sweet Paprika Turmeric is a member of the ginger family is the most widely recommended saffron substitute. It is similar enough that unscrupulous spice merchants have used it...
  14. What is Curry? What is Curry? "Curry" can mean several different things. It can refer to that classic British invention, a spice blend called 'curry powder', or to the 'curry' dish, referring to a number of saucy dishes flavored with curry powder or curry paste. The word "curry" was invented by British colonialists in the 18th century. Most likely a take on the Indian word "kari", meaning sauce. Before Columbus came to India, curry was not the intensely spicy dish we...
  15. How to Make Curry Sauce & Pastes - Easy, Homemade Indian Curry Recipes What is Curry, Anyways? Curry, that intensely satisfying, warming dish, is primarily a sauce mixed into rice or used to coat tender meat. It is also what happened when the Brits invented the term and introduced it to the rest of the world. It was first used to refer to a meat or vegetable dish cooked in a spiced gravy and served with rice. As a result of trade this dish was introduced to the rest of the world and each country that adopted it made it their own. To be fair, the word "curr...
  16. Grilled Vadouvan Shrimp Chris at The BBQ Buddha http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/986fe9e1475b4fd3765693a929c628fe?s=125&d=mm&r=g Vadouvan This recipe for Grilled Vadouvan Curry Shrimp is easy and packed with a powerful curry flavor. A great way to combine your grilled shrimp with a curry dish. GRILLED VADOUVAN SHRIMP We’ve sourced and freshly ground the spices to make our Grilled Vadouvan Shrimp. Simply follow our recipe, adding locally sourced, fresh ingredients, to cook this delicious Grilled Vadouvan Shrimp...