What Spices do We Use at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen?
Good food starts with good spices, and at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, we use spices in just about everything we serve. Spice does not always necessarily mean heat! A good mix of spices helps enhance the natural flavor of the food you’re eating by adding an aroma you wouldn’t have gotten without seasoning. Our spices extend beyond just salt and pepper, often using traditional Indian spices to put a twist on some of your favorite meals. Plus, incorporating these regularly into your food may add health benefits like fighting inflammation and boosting immunity. Keep reading below to learn what spices we use at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen!
- Coriander – This fragrant spice is found in everything from curries to spice rubs and soups. It also goes great on vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Fun fact: did you know cilantro is the leaf found on coriander?
- Turmeric – Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and adds warmth to just about any dish, with both its bold flavor and bright orange color. You’ll find it in all of our curries, from Butter Chicken to Chicken Rogan Josh and everything in between! It also has anti-inflammatory agents, making it a great addition to smoothies and our special golden milk.
- Cumin – Cumin is a popular spice that works well with everything from meat to vegetable dishes. Cumin seeds are also found in our Kitcheree: traditional Indian rice made with basmati rice and a variety of different spices.
- Cardamom – Cardamom pods are also a member of the ginger family and have a complex flavor profile. It’s citrusy, spicy, minty, and herbal all at the same time, making it a great component of a spice rub for chicken and red meat. You can find powdered, crushed, or even whole cardamom pods at your local grocery store.
- Cayenne Pepper – Want to add some heat to your chili, barbecue chicken, or Mexican dishes? Cayenne pepper is the way to go. The best way to experiment with cayenne pepper is to start with a teaspoon at a time and go from there. Cayenne pepper has been shown to help reduce blood sugar, boost your metabolism, and aid in digestive health, too.
- Garam Masala – We love this flavorful Indian spice for numerous reasons, and we think you will too! Garam masala is a blend of several spices ground together and then toasted to bring out a wonderfully bold flavor profile. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, and provide antioxidants.
Now that you know a little about the spices we use, it’s time to try them out for yourself! Browse our menu to get started.