Spice up your life with our quickfire guide

So hot right now! Our Vapianisti use curry and coriander to give our “Thai Style Zoodles” recipe its unique flavour. But there are lots of other exotic spices you can season food with. Here are our five favourites.

“Thai Style Zoodles” is a pasta dish with a distinctly Asian taste. Zucchini noodles in an aromatic coconut sauce are seasoned with exotic herbs and spices. Coriander and fiery curry are the stars of the show. Whether it’s a milder aroma or a red hot kick you’re looking for, our guide to spices has something for everyone.



Some love it, others loathe it. When it comes to coriander, the jury’s out. This sweet, exotic herb originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and looks similar to parsley. The seeds, the leaves and even the roots can all be used for cooking. The seeds are used to season meat or ground up and added to curry mixes.  The herb gives exotic dishes like our “Thai Style Zoodles” a unique flavour and its bright green leaves always add a fresh note.



When it comes to Asian cooking, lemongrass is the signature spice. Whether in soups, salads, fish recipes or curries, lemongrass creates a fresh, light aroma. The lemony flavour is equally popular in Mediterranean cuisine, creating some unforgettable taste experiences. The delicate green sticks come from South Asia, South-East Asia and Australia and work well with garlic, onion, chilli and coriander.


With its precious stigmas harvested painstakingly by hand, saffron is the most expensive of all the spices. But what would Mediterranean recipes like Risotto alla Milanese or Paella be without it?  When cooked, saffron develops a slightly buttery, sweet-spicy aroma. It’s best known for giving rice dishes a rich, golden colour.



Oregano is one of the most popular herbs with its deep green leaves the optimal upgrade for pizzas and pasta dishes. Oregano belongs to the labiates family and comes from the Mediterranean. It’s sometimes known as marjoram. Our Vapianisti’s tip: only add fresh oregano towards the end of cooking to prevent the aroma becoming too bitter.




When it comes to curry, it’s all in the mix. Most people are familiar with the easy-to-use, golden-yellow blend of spices but how’s it actually made?  In curry loving countries like India and Thailand cooks use up to 15 different spices to create their own individual curry mix. At the top of their list: cumin, turmeric and cardamom. Curry lends an oriental flavour to rice dishes, exotic meat recipes and even pasta sauces.
Feeling peckish? Check out the selection of herbs at your local supermarket and spice up your life by trying new combinations. Buon appetito!


Feeling peckish? Check out the selection of herbs at your local supermarket and spice up your life by trying new combinations. Buon appetito!

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