All these expert suggestions will certainly help you achieve the ideal balance of flavours.

How to store spices

Spices will usually be at their best for up to a month, if kept properly. Store spices or herbs in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Humidity, light and heat will cause natural herbs and spices to lose their flavor more quickly.

Clarified butter (ghee)

To make clarified butter gently melt unsalted butter over low heat. Soon after time the butter will form three distinctive layers – the foam on top (that is skimmed off and removed), the milk solids (which will sink to the bottom) and the clarified butter will be left in the middle.

Roasting/toasting spices

Whole or ground spices can be toasted. While the toasting process is the same for both, ground spices may toast slightly faster than whole. Simply place a dry skillet over medium heat. When the pan gets hot, pour in the desired amount of spice.