5 x make your own spice mixes

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It is very easy to buy different ready-made spice mixes in the store. But often you have (without knowing) all the ingredients at home to create this taste.

You can use powders or dried herbs, but also fresh ones, but keep in mind that these have a shorter shelf life. The quantities you see below are approximately for a dish for 4 people.

Mexican spice mix

For example, to marinate chicken for in a wrap or in a Mexican casserole.
2 tsp paprika powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh)
pinch of salt

Indian spice mix (garam masala)

These herbs are mainly used in curry dishes and, for example, soups. Tip: if you add some diced tomatoes and coconut milk, you can quickly make a tasty curry.
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
pinch of chili powder
teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cardamom powder

Apple pie spice mix (for 1 pie)

These herbs give your apple pie a warm authentic taste. Tip: in addition to these herbs, add some lemon juice or grated zest to the apples for a fresh taste.
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of all spice
½ teaspoon ginger
pinch of clove powder

Italian spice mix

For in a pasta sauce, for pizza to give meat or fish an Italian taste. Tip: mix the spice mix with a little olive oil and you have a nice dip to dip bread in.
1 teaspoon basil
teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon oregano
2 tsp parsley
pinch of salt and pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh)
½ teaspoon sage

Greek spice mix

For flavoring in moussaka, Greek salad or the minced meat for the bbifteki. Tip: also add a little mint for a fresh taste.
1.5 tsp oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
pinch of salt
2 tsp paprika powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh)
pinch of nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
These spice mixes are in my opinion, but you can of course also experiment with flavors and ingredients.


I myself add the herbs one by one to the dish during cooking, but it is also easy to make a larger amount and store it in a jar.
Herbal mix of powders and dried herbs can be stored for a very long time in a tightly closed jar, between 1 and 2 years. After that, the taste diminishes.

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