Curry powder has a very recognisable flavour and is used as the basic ingredient in curry dishes. It is probably the world’s oldest spice blend, normally comprising of a combination of turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli ground to a fine powder. It may also include allspice, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and ginger. When using curry powder, fry for at least one minute to release the flavours before adding liquids.
Cocoa powder enriches the taste of baked products and is often used as flavouring in cakes, biscuits and desserts. It can also be used in combination with other forms of chocolate for a richer flavour profile. Cocoa powder is normally sifted with flour, but can be dissolved in a bit of boiling water for a richer taste.
Cheese is tasty in savoury dishes, or combined with sweet flavours. To keep fresh and conveniently packaged, grate and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Use directly from freezer and do not thaw.