Video: Yotam Ottolengi and Sami Tamimi Shop at Kalustyan's
Yotam Ottolengi and Sami Tamimi's Jerusalem doesn't skimp on its use of spices, but what do you really need? The authors paid a visit to our favorite spice shop in New York, Kalustyan's, to show us in this video from the Jewish Daily Forward.
The TL;DR: eight essential ingredients for your kitchen:
- Cardamom: "The ultimate taste of home...the smell of the coffee shops in the old city. You can use it for savory and sweet."
- Allspice: "Key for Palestinian cooking. You get it in salads, kofta mixes, and stews."
- Cinnamon: Whole sticks and ground are both okay.
- Turmeric: "Mostly they use it for color."
- Cumin: "It goes with fish, or you rub it over meat or lamb."
- Za'atar: "You can eat it with bread or use it in salads, or marinate chicken."
- Sumac: "It's a component in za'atar but also great on its own. It brings it all to life with color and sharpness."
- Tahini: "It's absolutely key to so many cuisines, whether in salad or in paste form or to make something sweet."
Catch the full video below.