Flakes & Powders

ancho coffee rub

Ancho Coffee Rub

Earthy, smoky, and bold…

There’s a real depth to the flavor of an ancho coffee rub. Espresso provides a rich, earthy, and deliciously bitter base. And the ancho powder doubles down on the earthiness, with undertones of smoky and sweet. Plus, there are hints of garlic and mustard beneath the surface, too.

And for those looking for a family-friendly dry rub with a bold flavor and little spiciness, there’s good news. There’s only a simmer of heat here. Anchos are the dried for of the mild poblano pepper (at minimum one half the heat of a jalapeño pepper), so everyone in the family can enjoy this BBQ rub. It’s equally delicious with steaks and pork.

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Sambar Powder

Homemade Sambar Powder

An exotic Indian seasoning…

There are a few lightly fiery seasonings that are musts for authentic Indian cuisine, and sambar powder is among one of the most important. It’s used to make sambar, a delicious lentil-based soup that’s often a precursor (or a side) to the main Indian meal. Sambar powder, too, can be a substitute to rasam powder for making rasam – a thin soup that’s typically served atop rice.

In both cases, it’s the popular Indian kashmiri chili that provides a light simmer of heat. These are mild peppers (1,000 to 2,000 Scoville heat units), but enough are called for in the recipe that you’ll feel the spiciness. 

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rasam powder

Homemade Rasam Powder

A must for rasam, but many uses here… Rasam powder is a must if you want to make Indian rasam – a delicious thin soup, perfect over rice. Its heat comes from dried red chilies. You can control the spice … Read more

tandoori masala spice mix

Tandoori Masala Spice Mix

A delicious and surprisingly versatile Indian spice…

If you love the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine, then you’ll certainly love using a tandoori masala spice mix in the kitchen. This seasoning is delicious and surprisingly versatile. You can use it, of course, for the traditional Indian yogurt-based tandoori marinade. But try it as well sprinkled on vegetables (we love it on fried potatoes). Or use it as a simple meat rub, as a burger spice, or even as a salad seasoning.

Paprika provides a little simmering heat, but there’s some additional cayenne pepper powder in the recipe to up the spiciness. Feel free to use whole spices that are ground fresh rather than spice rack powders. They’ll provide a more aromatic and flavorful spice mix.

If you like exotic seasoning with a little heat, don’t miss some more of our favorite seasoning recipes: berbere spice mix, harissa seasoning, and ras el hanout. Or turn the ever-popular Sriracha sauce into a delicious spicy seasoning with our Sriracha powder recipe.

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Pico De Gallo Powder

Pico De Gallo Powder

Delicious in salsa or simply sprinkle on fruit…

Pico de gallo powder is a quick way to add a salty fire to your favorite salsa, whether that be a tomato-based pico de gallo or your favorite tropical fruit salsa. The heat comes in many forms, from a little simmer from sweet paprika to a more certain cayenne pepper oomph. You control the overall heat, too, by deciding on a ground red chili pepper that you prefer. It can be milder, like ground ancho, or something more bold, like ground red jalapeño.

Though, you don’t need to get that fancy to enjoy this seasoning blend. Simply pick up some fruit and sprinkle this homemade pico de gallo powder right on top. Any tropical fruit works well, but it’s delicious, too, on apples. It’s salty, fiery, tangy, and sweet all in one.

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Chipotle Taco Seasoning

Chipotle Taco Seasoning

Ready for a smokier taco?

If you’re a fan of smoky flavor, prepping up a chipotle taco seasoning before taco night will make you very happy. This spice blend uses common spice rack ingredients and brings the smoke through both chipotle powder and smoked paprika. We kick in a little cayenne pepper to increase the overall heat just a touch.

Don’t limit this tasty seasoning to tacos. You can use it anywhere taco of Mexican seasoning is called for to add a little south-of-the-border flare to your meal. It’s delicious simply mixed with ranch dressing for a quick dip or use it as a dry rub on chicken, pork, or steak to add a smoky, earthy heat.

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Spicy Garam Masala

Spicy Garam Masala

Add some flair to this Indian finishing spice…

Garam masala is typically known as a warming finishing spice, but here we turn that pungent warmth into more of a roaring fire. You can control that heat by choosing a dried red chili pepper that works best for your heat tolerance. Go mild for a simmering warmth or light things up with something extra hot. We offer some ideas below, but consider the pepper’s flavor nuances before use as they will have impact on the overall garam masala flavor.

Note, too, that garam masala is a finishing spice, perfect for spicing up the flavor of Indian dishes right before serving. It’s best not to cook with garam masala – rather use it at the end. Cooking with it tends to turn the seasoning mix bitter in flavor. 

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Spicy Curry Powder

Spicy Curry Powder

Add fire to the exotic flavor…

Curry powder is already a deliciously exotic seasoning, full of fragrant (and flavorful) spices. There’s typically a warmth to most any curry powder recipe you use. This recipe, though, is here to turn up that heat just a little. A tablespoon of cayenne pepper is enough for most people looking for extra heat, but you could increase the spiciness even more by using a touch of hot paprika (instead of mild or generic), too. Use this not only for curries, but also in soups, salads, and dips.

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Piri Piri Seasoning

Homemade Piri-Piri Seasoning

A spicy mix, however you say it… Whether you call it piri-piri or peri-peri seasoning, the end result is all the same – it’s a delicious combo of pungent and savory spices with a healthy kick of heat. It’s perfect as a … Read more

Thai Seasoning

Spicy Thai Seasoning

Thai flavor in ready-to-use form…

Love that exotic spice of Thai food? Spicy Thai seasoning packs all of that flavor in dried form, ready to use when you’re looking for that flavorful kick. You can use it as it is as a dry rub for steaks, pork, or shrimp. Or mix it with coconut milk to create a delicious spicy marinade for noodle dishes. Just a dash, too, can warm up your grilled vegetables with an exotic twist.

The heat source? Thai chili powder, if available. It’s a big heat, so use sparingly if you’re thinking to double-down on the chili powder used in this recipe. If you don’t have Thai chili powder, opt for crushed red pepper. It doesn’t carry quite the spiciness, so use a little more than you would the Thai pepper.

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