I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.
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Chili powder—as a blend of spices—is composed chiefly of chile peppers and mixed with other spices including cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. While there is some agreement about which spices this blend should contain, the amount of each is a matter for debate. This is not improved by the linguistic confusion between “chili powder”—as a blend of spices—and the “chili powder”—as in powdered dried chilies—used in those blends. In addition to the basic ingredients, some add other herbs and spices and still call it “chili powder.”
I have made the Moroccan spice blend Ras el Hanout before. For this Father’s Day, I wanted a Moroccan blend that was just a little bit simpler than 29 ingredients. Looking at my old recipe, I cut out the more obscure spices and adjusted the quantities. To be called a Ras el Hanout the blend should have at least these eleven spices: allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne pepper, cloves, coriander seeds, ginger, mace, nutmeg, turmeric, and white pepper. The quantities of each spice vary widely between blends I have found.
This dish has become a standard weekday meal at my house. Jan asks for it at least once or twice a month. This makes it a bit boring for me, so I am always tinkering with the recipe trying to make it even better.
I thought I would change up the seasoning for my fish tacos. I found some guajillo ground chili. I added that to the mix as well as some coriander seeds. I also decided to eliminate the non-Mexican Indian chili powder.
Note: If you are a Vegan this would go well on grilled tofu or tempe.
Garam masala (warm spice blend) is a finishing spice in Indian cuisine. This means that you add these spices near the end of the cooking process. If you add them earlier the aromatic elements that are the reason for adding them will cook off and leave your dish flat or worse bitter.