Chinese five-spice is easy to come by, as is Japanese seven-spice shichimi togarashi, and ain't nobody got time to make baharat, vadouvan or Moroccan ras el hanout and its more than 12 ingredients. But sometimes it's worth making simple seasonings from scratch.
Homemade spice blends are going to be better value than an impulse-bought jar from a gourmet grocer any day. Stored in the pantry, these DIY mixes (and recipe ideas) are an easy way to spice up dinnertime.
Adam Liaw's Mexican seasoning mix
Put down the yellow Old El Paso sachet and try this on nachos (pictured above) and taco fillings.
• 1 tsp celery salt, or ordinary salt
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 tsp hot chilli powder
• 2 tsp ground coriander
• 2 tsp ground cumin
• ½ tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp dried oregano
Karen Martini's garam masala
Lamb shoulder shawarma to be stuffed inside pita pockets. Photo: William Meppem
Adam Liaw's shawarma mix
This mix makes double so save it for a second Sunday roast (pictured above).
Kylie Kwong's Sichuan pepper and salt
Pastrami spice rub
Massage into salmon fillets overnight for a peppery crust.