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Seasonality Spices - Maharajah

I'm a spice snob -- sorry, not sorry -- and always on the lookout for new spices. Believe it or not, I have come across few with soy in them which surprised me. Natural flavors are a red flag as well. I stay far from those. I never know what is lurking and a not being able to breathe stinks. I don't have time for a trip to the ER.

Recently I added quinoa to my husband's food plan. Quinoa is a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is a herbaceous annual plant grown as a grain crop primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa is not a grass, but rather a pseudocereal botanically related to spinach and amaranth. Per Shape.com.

Quinoa is bland but cooking it in broth helps. Also, use a flavorful spice such as Maharajah from Seasonality Spices.  

Seasonality Spices is on Etsy.

Per their site, Maharajah (Indian Curry) - Handcrafted Spice Blend - All-Natural, Organic, Vegan, Fair-Trade. Maharajah translated is "great king", which means this spice is the Great King of Indian Masalas. It reigns king because of its superior flavor and its use of 6 of the 7 most expensive spices in the world: saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, turmeric, and pepper. This powder blend is known for its versatility and extra-rich flavor. 

I added the spice to my quinoa. Immediately the aroma filled the kitchen. Saffron, cinnamon, and clove were the first noticeable. I tasted the quinoa because any great chef will tell you to taste, taste, and taste again. 

Earthy. Savory. Fresh. 

A subtle bite from the pepper. Heat is prevalent but not overpowering. 

When I drizzled my garlic infused oil over the quinoa all the bold flavors drew me in. I was ready to eat.  

In my air fryer, I made a salmon filet.

The combination was perfect. I savored each bite. 

Seasonality Spices sells by the weight. 1, 2, or 4oz. Their packaging is secure. Shipping time within a handful of days. Not long at all. 

Their Sampler Of The Month is a great way to try out their variety of spices, rubs, and herbs. 

I'm eyeing the Truffle Salt and Cumin next. 

I wouldn't call being a chef gratifying in a lot of ways. It's an act of love. Alex Guarnaschelli