'cayenne pepper' on Serious Eats

5 Spices You Need to Start Cooking More Indian Food

I have said the following a thousand times: Spices are what attract people to Indian food and also what scares them away. When you see a recipe with a list of 20 ingredients, you might flip the page and decide to make a simpler recipe. I would like to propose that if you buy five spices—along with ginger, garlic, onions and tomatoes—you can make a decent Indian dish. Here are the five essential spices. More

Grilling: Curried Pumpkin Soup

I've been on a sweet overload lately. We picked up ten pounds of candy for our Halloween party and I single-handedly must have already downed half of it. So when it came to making a grilled pumpkin soup last week, I avoided a sweet approach and spiced it up with curry powder, ginger, mustard, cumin, and cayenne instead. I couldn't have asked for better results. More

Serious Heat: Cayenne Tea to Cure the Sniffles

"My sinuses cleared up pronto, which made the slight pain worth it." [Flickr: alancleaver_2000] Between the trigger of allergies and start of flu season, people go to great lengths to relieve their sinuses during fall. Take my childhood friend, Elizabeth. When we were younger, black pepper was too spicy for her. Though her palate has since become stronger, she's still on the low end when it comes to heat tolerance. [Flickr: ArielAmanda] So I was surprised when she told me how successful cayenne tea was in helping her allergies. "I read in Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford that cayenne pepper will alleviate congestion, so I figured it would be easiest to use in a tea," she said.... More

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