A question we’re often asked at MOB Kitchen is: “how do I make my food taste better?” The answer to that question isn’t always that easy. You might be cooking your food at the wrong temperature for the wrong amount of time, for instance. Hence why your chicken tastes more like rubber than anything else.
One of the failsafe pieces of advice we can, however, offer to help you make your food taste better is this: “use more seasoning”. Flavouring your food with herbs and spices isn’t just a quick and easy way to add more flavour to your cooking but it’s also something you can do relatively cheaply. But what are the essential spices you need to have on hand to help you make your lasagne sing and your hummus? I’ve made this guide of the spices you should have in your cupboard to try and answer that question.
No, this list is not exhaustive (and I’ve missed your favourite spice off, please get in touch) but it’s got a good number of the essential spices you should have in your cupboard. Buy most of these and you’ll never be far from a shortcut to flavour.
This roster encompasses most of the readily available big hitters in the herbs and spice aisle. Aside from salt and pepper, obvs. I’m just going to assume you’ve got both of those and that you’re using your salt as liberally as possible. Unless your doctor says otherwise. In which case you should listen to your doctor and not a stranger on the internet. I digress.
From urfa chilli flakes to chaat masala, these are the spices you should have in your cupboard.