Easy to find and equally simple to use, here is a run down of the best dry spice blends out there, as tested by us.
It’s easy to get lost amid the swathes of culinary claims and advertorial assertions that are splashed across mixed spices packaging, advertisements and reviews, but never fear! We’re here to unwrap the goods, dispel the jargon and to tell you all about the best dry spice blends as tried and tested by the ETL team.
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A Moroccan blend, heavy on spice – nutmeg, star anise, clove, galangal… we love this one because it’s really chunky with whole rose petals and red pepper corns and a delicious sweet-spicy taste. Sprinkle liberally over roast chicken or in Moroccan tagines.
A Yorkshire blended Caribbean mix of allspice, cayenne, nutmeg and thyme. This fantastic mix is sweet and spicy, and subtly fragrant. Mix with honey and brush over everything.
£2.40 Steenbergs Organic
An Egyptian blend of nuts and spices including hazelnuts, fennel seeds, nigella seeds and sesame seeds. Use as an accompaniment to bread and oil Yotam has nailed this one, it’s perfect, and frankly, can go on anything.
A classic red tandoori mix in a very funky tin. We love how easy this is: adds instant flavour to anything, best done on a BBQ.
An aniseedy blend heavy with cassia, cloves, fennel and star anise. This one’s perfectly balanced with just the right sting from the szechuan pepper. Sprinkle over grills or mix into marinades – it works every time.
£2.50 The Spicery
A paprika-red Middle Eastern blend of cinnamon, black pepper cumin and cloves. We love how they’ve gone heavy with the paprika, but you can still taste everything else. Fragrant and sweet and goes with everything.
£2.70 Seasoned Pioneers
This is a fiery African blend of spices that we love. The texture is really homemade – ground, bashed and whole spices altogether. Chuck lashings of this wonderful mix into veggie or meat stews, just watch out for that chilli kick!