Indian Cooking 5+10+5+5

by | Oct 12, 2023 | Spice Alchemy | 0 comments

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The 5-10-5-5 Indian Cooking Principle

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Hey there, culinary explorers!

Ever been daunted by the intricate dance of Indian spices? Believe me, you’re not alone. When I first started sharing my love for Indian cooking, I noticed a familiar look of overwhelm on my guests’ faces. They’d glance at the array of spices before them and think, “Where do I even begin?” That’s when I decided to simplify things a bit. Enter the 5-10-5-5 rule!

So, what’s this number game all about? Let me break it down the way I do for my lovely guests. This isn’t about adding every spice to a single dish but understanding the symphony of flavours and knowing when to bring in which instrument.

5 Aromatics – The Scented Symphony

  1. Onions: Our trusty base layer.
  2. Ginger Root: Adds a zesty kick.
  3. Garlic Cloves: The rich, earthy undertone.
  4. Fresh Mint: Oh, that breezy refreshment!
  5. Fresh Cilantro: It’s like a citrusy hug to a dish.

10 Ground Spices – The Melody Makers  

This lineup, including star players from my Spice Alchemy Essential Organic spice collection, is where the magic happens:

  1. Cumin
  2. Coriander
  3. Sugar (For that perfect balance)
  4. Curry Powder
  5. Paprika
  6. Salt
  7. Pepper
  8. Garam Masala
  9. Turmeric
  10. Red Chili

5 Whole Spices – The Rhythm Section  

These bad boys set the mood:

  1. Green Cardamom
  2. Cloves
  3. Mustard Seeds
  4. Cinnamon Stick
  5. Cumin Seeds

5 Pantry & Refrigerator Staples – The Backing Vocals

  1. Tomatoes: Our tangy rockstars.
  2. Lemon/Lime: A splash of zesty harmony.
  3. Fresh Chilli: That spicy riff.
  4. Vinegar: Hitting those tangy notes.
  5. Yogurt: Our smooth, creamy crooner.

Wrapping it up:

Look, I get it. Indian cooking can seem like a massive mountain to climb. But with the 5-10-5-5 guide and the Spice Alchemy Essential Organic spice collection, it’s like having a map to the summit. Whenever I’m teaching guests, I love seeing that “aha!” moment when they get the hang of it. Remember, it’s all about the balance and harmony of flavours, and before you know it, you’ll be orchestrating your culinary symphony.

Ready to dive into the wonderful world of Indian cooking? Let’s embark on this flavourful journey together! Keep those taste buds tuned and stay connected with the Cooking Naturopath for more spice-filled stories and recipes.

For more spice stories, incredible recipes, and to explore the exquisite Spice Alchemy Essential Spice Range, visit the Spice Alchemy Marketplace or our local suppliers. And if you’re keen to dive deeper into the world of spices, why not join me in one of our upcoming Cooking Masterclasses? Don’t forget to follow us on social media for regular updates and culinary inspirations. Until next time, happy cooking!


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