How To Make Homemade Spice Mixes

How To Make Homemade Spice Mixes

Homemade spice mixes add wonderful flavour and variety to everything from roasted vegetables, pan-fried tofu or tempeh, stir-fries, even rice pilaf. We've put together some flavour combinations that will help get you started. Additionally, scroll down for some loose rules that will hopefully inspire you to make your own unique combinations.

Salts

Use anywhere from 1 - 3 tbsp of salt in your seasoning, depending on your preference. 

Black Himalayan salt has a pungent flavour that adds a wonderful umami flavour to dishes. Pink Himalayan salt is otherwise known as pink salt or rock salt. 

Spices

Sweet and Pungent Spices

Use these spices as a base of 1 to 2 tbsp

Digestive Spices

Use these sparingly, no more than 1 tbsp in a mix

Warming spices

Use these sparingly, no more than 1 tbsp in a mix

Herbs

Use any combination of dried herbs as a base - anywhere from 2 to 6 tbsp. Citrus peels can be used more sparingly - up to 3 tbsp.

Nuts and Seeds

Toasted and coarsely ground nuts and seeds add so much flavour to any spice mix. You can use them as a base to build flavour.

What you will need
Equipment
  1. Mixing bowls 
  2. Measuring spoons 
  3. Measuring spoons  250ml jars with airtight lids 
Ingredients
  1. Make sure all your jars are clean and dried properly before mixing spices together.  
  2. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

NOTE: When toasting seeds or coconut, ensure they’re fully cooled before storing. Carefully transfer mixture into jars.   

Aside from being a delicious and convenient addition to your kitchen, these homemade spice mixes make perfect DIY gifts for home chefs of any level.  

What else you can do

Golden Chai Spice Mix 

BBQ Mix 

Asian Sesame Mix 

Masala Mix 

TIP: For extra flavour, dry toast everything in a pan until fragrant. Cool before storing in jar. 

Nutty Lemon Herb Mix 

Za’atar Spice Mix 

Harissa Spice Mix 

  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 ½ tbsp cumin powder 
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes 
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt 
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds 

Italian Seasoning Mix 

NOTE: Each homemade spice mix above equals approximately 8 tablespoons. Below are loose instructions that hopefully will inspire you to create your own unique combinations. 

More Information

For an in-depth look at the uses and flavour profiles of the spices we carry at Indigo Herbs, please check out our "How To Use Whole Spices vs. Powdered Spices" article.