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Ingredients – Some Useful Information on Ingredients Used in My Recipes! What ‘out of the ordinary’ things I have used and links so you can buy them.
I have thought a lot about what to include on this page and it seemed to me, the most sensible thing is not to fill it with weird and wonderful ingredients that I have not included in my recipes. Or bore you with ingredients that you are familiar with.
So, with that in mind, I have decided to list any ‘out of the ordinary’ ingredients that I have used in recipes that I have already posted and then add any new ingredients as I go along.
List of Ingredients
Great used in sauces where you need flavour without the lumpiness of chopped onion. Also helps thicken sauces without the need to use flour.
Recipes that use Onion Powder
Great for adding flavour and to help thicken sauces.
Recipes that use Garlic Powder
Mushroom Ketchup is one of my favourite ingredients. It really adds depth to the flavour of any mushroom dish and can be added to many dishes that do not have mushrooms as an ingredient.
It’s great in gravies and sauces.
Recipes that use Mushroom Ketchup
This is an amazing salt from the Himalayan mountains. It gets its wonderful ‘eggy’ flavour from the sulfur in the volcanic rock.
Its colour ranges from pink to black (dark purple), and gives a lovely ‘eggy’ addition to vegan dishes where eggs would normally have been used (but please don’t put it in cakes! 😉)
Recipes that use Kala Namak
Wow, what a little gem this is. Naturally vegan, naturally gluten free, and higher in fibre and protein than other flours. It can be used as an ‘egg-replacer’ when mixed with equal parts of flour to water.
This is available in bigger supermarkets and health food shops, albeit, more expensive in a health food shop. Therefore, take a look up the aisle in your local supermarket first.
As I post more recipes with Gram Flour as part of the ingredients, I will add more information here. But I have used this wonderful flour for many things whilst cooking, in place of traditionally known flours.
Gram Flour is also known as Besan, and you may see this in your local supermarket – lookout for a ‘Yellow’ packet with ‘Red’ writing. It will still say ‘Gram Flour’ too.
Apparently, it is also used as a face mask/cleanser in parts of the Indian Subcontinent!