Spices can make any simple one-ingredient dish taste unique and mouth-watering, you just need to know how to choose and use them in cooking. Besides irresistible flavours, spices also enrich our nutrition, improve digestion and boost our immune system. In our online course, you will learn the rare wisdom of using herbs and spices in your everyday life, how to make and use your own spice mixes and seasonings, and how to get the best nutrition value from cooking with spices.
Spices have been one of the most expensive products in the world for a reason, with certain varieties costing more than gold. Nowadays high-quality spices and herbs are easily available worldwide, and we can easily use them in our everyday cooking for better flavours and health.
Why learn about spices and their use?
If you cook with spices, it does not necessarily mean that your dish will become "spicy". If you know how to use them, it will mean, first of all, that your dish is "flavourful" and "healthy".
The knowledge of spices and herbs application will be able to satisfy a craving for any food, as the secret of distinctive flavours of any cuisine lies in the types of seasonings and spice mixes that they use. Despite the common belief, most of these mixes are very easy to prepare at home, it takes very little time and you can store them for a while. Besides being the best natural flavor enhancer in the world, herbs and spices can also make food look extremely appealing.
A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE CURRICULUM
Making Your Own Spice Mixes
You’ll learn about the key spices through making blends with them, and cooking flavourful dishes. You'll learn how to make your own spice mixes from scratch and adjust them to your taste buds
Which spices (and how) to apply in all kind of dishes, including: gravies, soups, salads, snacks, sweets, baking, bread, curries, lentils and beans etc.
Spices as Home Remedies
Spices are not just about flavour, they can become your own home pharmacy. You will learn the traditional Indian science of using spices as home remedies
different types of roasts for different applications, exact techniques
different grind methods and techniques. Using mortar and pestle, coffee grinder and a blender. Culinary applications according to the grind size
Exact techniques for using spices in food and flavouring any type of dish you can imagine, as well as video recipes
Most Famous Spice Mixes
How to make from scratch the most famous spice mixes, including curry powders, garam masala, chat masala, sambar masala, cajun seasoning, za'atar etc.
Video Spice Glossary
Detailed video glossary about such vital spices like turmeric, asafoetida, cinnamon and cassia, different types of cardamom and bay leaf, mustards, saffron, vanilla etc.
How to Buy and Store
How to understand the quality of spices, buy and store them correctly
All bout hte most common types of chilli peppers and paprikas
All about peppers
20+ types of peppers and where to use them
Flowers as Spices
How to use flower essences for flavouring
Meat and Fish Marination
Techniques for spicing vegetables, bread, fish, meat, salads and even drinks. Not just for the flavour, but to enhance their nutrition value and ease the digestion
Spices for Fruits
How to eat fruit with spices (and why)
Spices in Drinks
Making signuture drinks with the addition of spices and create digestive drinks with the spices alone.
In addition to 95+ tutorials, charts and recipes, you also get access to
6 LIVE Q&A Sessions
with the Course Instructor
Exclusive access to online course "Lentils and Beans"
Lentils and beans are not just some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. With the magic of spices they can be turned into almost any type of dishes: desserts, meat imitation, salads, crunchy snacks, curries, soups and porridges.
Only for this batch of the Spice challenge we are gifting our signature online course Lentils and Beans.
Access to the recording of an exclusive Masterclass, available right away:
Spices as Home Remedies
Meet Your Instructor
By the time Srikant Singh turned 15 he had traveled to kitchens in the entire South and East of India, assisting his mother with cooking, while she was learning local cuisines. Since then he moved all around the world, always keeping two items in his suitcase: his pressure cooker and a spice box.
Srikant ran a successful Supper Club in Berlin, where he transformed local ingredients with Indian spices and taught the art of spices during his live workshops. He studied spice production technology at the Institute of Good Manufacturing Practices India.
Srikant follows traditional health practices in his cooking, largely based on Ayurvedic principles. He lived and cooked in 5 countries, and in his dishes he incorporates flavours from all around the world.
Srikant Singh is a PN-certified Nutrition coach and a Tiny Habits certified coach.
What Makes Our Challenge So Unique?
Our online course is taught by a practitioner, who uses spices in everyday cooking in his own kitchen, and you will learn how to do it with ease. Our course materials include high-quality videos for recipes, as well as step-by-step instructions and how-to guides that you can apply in your own kitchen right away. We will cover not only culinary use of spices, but will also introduce you to its nutritional value and the art of pairing certain foods with spices for enhanced flavour and better digestion. A big part of the materials in this course are derived from the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda, where spices and herbs have been used for balancing health for thousands of years.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE CHALLENGE
✅ Life-time access to 95+ video tutorials, written recipes and charts
✅ 6 LIVE Q&A sessions with Srikant Singh, with full live support at all stages (recordings will be available)
✅ Online course from Happy Bellyfish "Lentils and Beans"
✅ Personal support of the instructor
✅ Access to support community
✅ Quizes and tasks for self-assessment
✅ Certificate of Completion, if the challenge, all tasks and quizzes, are complete within 6 months
THE CHALLENGE WEEK BY WEEK:
The Basics. Spice quality and processing. Roasting and Grinding
Culinary application of whole spices. Oil flavouring, tempering, whole spice mixes
Seasonings and their application. Simple spice mixes
Advanced spice mixes and seasonings
Peppers and Chillies.
Marination techniques for Meat and Fish
(for a vegan option, substitute with tofu)
Traditional, spice-flavored pastes, spreads and butter
Mustard sauce, achiote paste, nitter kibbeh
Spices in desserts, sweet and savoury drinks, fruits
HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS:
✅ Two weeks before the challenge starts you'll get the list of ingredients, equipment and short video tutorials to prepare for the challenge
✅ On the first day of the challenge you get access to the pre-recorded video tutorials. New tutorials will be released each week
✅ The official challenge duration is 8 weeks. Each week we'll focus on a particular topic and skills
✅ Each week you'll be given a task to make at least 1 spice mix or a dish, with the application of spices, following the recipe from the tutorials
✅ We'll be hosting regular live Q&A sessions on ZOOM. You'll be able to attend 6 live sessions in total
✅ To receive the certificate of completion, you'll need to complete all tasks within 6 months
What You Will Learn
- How to choose, buy and store spices and herbs
- Basic spices and spice mixes to always have in your kitchen to make ANY dish taste fantastic
- How to use spices: how to cook with spices, how and when to roast, differences between different methods of spice preparation etc.
- How to pair spices with food correctly, which spice is best for which flavour
- Health benefits of specific spices and how they affect our bodies
- Special recipes for spice mixes and drinks that also act as a powerful digestive aid
- Spices replacements and substitutes
- World's most famous spice mixes, incl. cajun seasoning, garam masala, classical curry etc.
- The traditional wisdom of spice use from India
- How to create your own signature spice mix
- Different recipes for the use of specific spices, herbs and spice mixes