Amchoor Powder

Every now and then, actually in almost all the recipes I like the look of, there is an ingredient listed that I have never heard of. From Fairy’s Wings to Dragon Tongue there always seems to be one of them and as my spice cupboard expands, I only ever seem to use them once.

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Ajwain Seeds

Ajwain, also known as carom, ajowan, omam, omum, ajvain or Bishop’s weed (depending on where in the world we’re talking) is a spice belonging to the Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae) family, some of whose other members are cumin, dill and caraway. The ajwain plant’s shrubs appear feather-like, and the plant itself grows very quickly, reaching up…

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Star Anise

Star anise (also known as badain anise), when whole, is an eight-pointed star shape around the size of a small broad bean and is mid to dark brown in colour in its dried form. It has an aniseed flavour that is sweet and mildly spicy with a liquorice type aroma. Whilst it is predominantly used…

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