Taste Testing ‘Exotic’ Spice Blends and Recipe Hacks for Using Them

With so many different spice blends out there, our Chef, Ben takes our Normals on a culinary journey of adventure as they travel the world through food… and have a good old fashioned competition while they’re at it!
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  • In the picture of big tubs of spices that flashes up when ebbers is telling the origins of the dukah spice ...what on earth is that bright blue one?? I really want to know lol

    Rachel LloydRachel Lloyd7 tuntia sitten
  • I gotta say, I'd give Mike extra points because he identified the name of the spice blend as well as not just naming every spice he could think of

    Mx. RyleeMx. Rylee14 tuntia sitten
  • FYI, for those North Americans who watch Sorted, Trader Joe’s now sells the Georgian spice blend!!!!

    Hannah KaganHannah Kagan16 tuntia sitten
  • Can we have the spice blend recipes? 😁

    LisaNovak95LisaNovak95Päivä sitten
  • Can anyone help me out, what’s the rice dish on the right of the screen at 11:52 while they’re talking about advieh? I spot rice, raisins, dates, what looks like lentils maybe? Thanks for any help 😊😊

    Ms_MJLMs_MJL2 päivää sitten
  • Mmmmmmm Barry was guessing though... I would knock off those last two since they were last minute guesses “just thrown in there”

    Jelleybean18Jelleybean182 päivää sitten
  • At 7:10 What is that blue powder / spice?!

    Jelleybean18Jelleybean182 päivää sitten
  • ♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️

    Jelleybean18Jelleybean182 päivää sitten
  • Unless the contestants are being tested on the same material it becomes unbalanced and unfair, specially since 5 spices is much more well known worldwide. Is it rigged?

    Saul ContrerasSaul Contreras2 päivää sitten
  • I demand the badge be taken away and a new rule of limited answers be implemented!

    Khamis1203Khamis12032 päivää sitten
  • Nahhhhhhh, no, I don't accept this result. Barry's just much more willing to throw guesses out. Gotta add a penalty for too many wrong answers!

    Julia VJulia V2 päivää sitten
  • Just tried making our own dukkah...really simple to make and VERY tasty with oil and bread! Looking forward to trying it as a coating for chicken 🐔

    Phil DigginsPhil Diggins2 päivää sitten
  • Definitely needs to be better rules. Like, this blend has 6 spices. You get 3 minutes to write them down and you can only write as many spices in the blend! Because Barry is just naming everything he can think of to score the points. lol I like the game though!

    Ashley SAshley S3 päivää sitten
  • please make a badge sash!

    Tech DeityTech Deity3 päivää sitten
  • This was amazing, found several new spice blends to try.

    Jeffery GreenJeffery Green3 päivää sitten
  • Should definitely do a spice blend battle where they have to do make their own and use that as the main part of the meal

    Izaak CurrieIzaak Currie3 päivää sitten
  • Really like this format and would love to see more info about spice blends and how to use them! Very cool to hear about interesting blends Ben hasn’t even heard of before. Something I’ve noticed occasionally over time is the word “exotic” in your video titles. Feels very privileged and colonial-even if it’s new to you and to some audience members, doesn’t make it mysteriously unknown, especially to an international audience. I would expect more from the wonderful Sorted Team than to use language that positions “different” as “other”, but it is definitely a continuous learning process!

    FratorityRowFratorityRow4 päivää sitten
  • Please try bangladeshi recipes! A spice blend from there is called “pach foron” which means five spice made of : Fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed.

    Prianka HaquePrianka Haque4 päivää sitten
  • They should have lost points for guessing components that WEREN'T in the spice blend. To avoid victory via shotgun-approach (*cough* Barry *cough*)

    Kitty MorissetteKitty Morissette5 päivää sitten
  • Dukkah really isn't dukkah without sumac! Yummmm

    Paddy Robinson-GriffinPaddy Robinson-Griffin5 päivää sitten
  • have a sugar technique test! Like caramel, spinning sugar/sugar work and sculpting!!!

    Carina GonzalesCarina Gonzales5 päivää sitten
  • Mike should definitely be awarded the spice badge too! He actually named one right for starters and he wasn't just shouting random spices 😂

    Aaron MAaron M5 päivää sitten
  • Hello, I was wondering if y'all have ever thought of dedicating an entire video or a series for specific food "diets" i.e., vegetarianism, pescetarianism, etc? P.S. love this channel!

    Yazzy Yazz MUAYazzy Yazz MUA5 päivää sitten
  • Okay Ben wasn't that far off from pronouncing Khmeli Suneli spice blend, as evident in second 0.42 to 0.43 in this video. fistart.info/tv/videot/zJjS1p9srKNp1tU.html A better pronunciation would come from saying the spice blend with persed lips and staring the word from the back of the mouth as opposed to open lips and more of a nasal forward pronunciation.

    Educated LoEducated Lo5 päivää sitten
  • this was an excellent episode; great information, excellent additions to the fantastic exploration and possibilities of spice blends.... more please

    gregory cartergregory carter6 päivää sitten
  • My favourite spice blend: Ginger, Garlic, Cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, chilli powder. Ginger is prepared by using a stick of ginger, slicing it then pounding it in a pestle and mortor. Garlic is prepared in the same way. I use whole caynne peppers and mash them into a pulp also. Salt needs to be sea salt, not table salt. Chilli powder is just bought. I'll use it as a marianade by added soy sauce and seasme oil to it, or I'll add it to soups and sauces.

    StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • The last spice blend is pronounced like Hmalee soonalee First sound like in human. [Hmeli suneli]

    Anna BarvinchenkoAnna Barvinchenko6 päivää sitten
  • I’d love to see a kitchen essentials video, where the essentials pans, pots and tools are laid out. For example, 3 different stages (stage 1:beginner/everyday cook, Stage 2: hobbyist, Stage 3: bells and whistles). We’ve seen you guys review the unusual ones but a home cooks essential tools video would really great.

    VegetarianbaconVegetarianbacon6 päivää sitten
  • Really liked Ben's talk about chinese kitchen, really fun to see him talking in his element. Really interesting!

    RobinRobin6 päivää sitten
  • Such a good video you guys! So new! So Informative! And so Entertaining! 👏👏

    Prmrjvk AdPrmrjvk Ad6 päivää sitten
  • I think this is the first time I saw something from my culture on your channel and I was screaming 😅 please do more Persian cuisine thank you 😘

    Maryam ghamamiMaryam ghamami6 päivää sitten
  • As fun as this was... I feel like it tested more “how many spices can they name in the time that happen to be in this spice blend”? Penalty for guessing or something?

    Josh GummettJosh Gummett6 päivää sitten
  • If you do this again you should do berbere and zaatar

    Aisha EdrisAisha Edris6 päivää sitten
  • NEW CHALLENGE: make a recipe from your grandmother’s cookbook. Keep it vintage. 🔥👍😋

    CHUCK FarlieCHUCK Farlie6 päivää sitten
  • Yes on spice focused videos!

    Jessica AugustinasJessica Augustinas6 päivää sitten
  • Next time give out -1 point for every two wrong spices . Just to stop Barry naming every spice he can remember lol.

    Ayay01Ayay016 päivää sitten
  • What's the spice book's title & author?

    kannjohnstonkannjohnston6 päivää sitten
  • Anyone know the name of that bright blue spice from that stock image?

    James Young PhotosJames Young Photos6 päivää sitten
  • If they had to spell out the spices Barry would have lost

    Kiran GandhiKiran Gandhi6 päivää sitten
  • I feel the need to correct the statement "this is to white wine what rose is to red wine". First, orange = long skin contact, red = varying degrees of skin contact. White is little to "no" skin contact. Rose on the other hand varies, it can be a blend of a white juice red skinned varietal with a colouring varietal, it could be limited skin contact... bla bla bla. I'm simplying but that statement just didn't hit the mark.

    PooliganPooligan6 päivää sitten
    • @Stettafire wine is all about skincare! Just a side note though wine is generally not considered a food product

      PooliganPooligan6 päivää sitten
    • This is food, not skin care

      StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • that was not a guessing game that was a "name all the spices "game... this badge competition need to end because let's face it it's entertaining but also completely flawed...

    Meve76Meve766 päivää sitten
  • Normals do a ramen battle

    Kiara CamachoKiara Camacho6 päivää sitten
  • We only see Barry name 6 in the final but his score was 7. I wonder which other one he got...

    Kaitlin SebbageKaitlin Sebbage6 päivää sitten
  • Mike made this a joy (more than usual) to watch! :)

    Kaitlin SebbageKaitlin Sebbage6 päivää sitten
  • somehow this challenge would've been better if wrong guesses would have removed points.

    Peter PetermannPeter Petermann6 päivää sitten
  • Hello guys, long time fan, just wondering if you can still make some head to head to head battles again?

    Shree PonjShree Ponj7 päivää sitten
  • This will be one of my favourite episodes. I love spices. ♥️

    NiNi NaNiNi Na7 päivää sitten
  • Love this! So educational

    victor selsvictor sels7 päivää sitten
  • Sigh...Justice for Mike needed once again for actually trying rather than just spitting out things to get on the board.

    Jeff BJeff B7 päivää sitten
    • Respectfully disagree.

      StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • i would love to see a video from you guys exploring Georgian cuisine. would be amazing to watch. (im from Georgia btw, so seeing my country in this video made my day)

    blobfish gamerblobfish gamer7 päivää sitten
  • Should have deducted wrong answers from their scores. Barry only won because he named all the spices he knows 😂

    A aA a7 päivää sitten
    • I did the maths, they would have drew had wrong answers been deducted. Mike still wouldn't have won.

      StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • Can you guys review the kmix accessories?

    TheStudentVloggTheStudentVlogg7 päivää sitten
  • Jamie, ever the dad, turned being tossed the dice into a game of catch, lol

    Angelina PetersenAngelina Petersen7 päivää sitten
  • I've seen my mom use some 5 Spice on some of these really small pork cubes (maybe like .5x.5x.5 inch or 1.5x1.5x1.5 cm cubes) made from leftover raw pork that are coated in just a little bit of potato starch and fried! We use it more on the outside as a coating, but man does it taste good. I can probably go through a full batch of them and still want more haha.

    James.Ken_DamaJames.Ken_Dama7 päivää sitten
  • Mike and Jamie are going in the wrong direction! This wasn't: guess the perfect dish for such spice but guess the spice in that blend. I would go like Berry trying to guess as many as I can .. because there is no penalty for it.

    Nerdy SnailieNerdy Snailie7 päivää sitten
  • Great vid? What the hell is ‘savoury’?? it was one of the ingredients in the last spice blend

    Jessica PestanaJessica Pestana7 päivää sitten
  • What was the blue stuff in the stock image?

    Heather CroweHeather Crowe7 päivää sitten
  • You are going to need sashes with badges sew to them .

    Donald TuckerDonald Tucker7 päivää sitten
  • Props for the editing, but would have been easier if the ingredients turned green or something during the guessing

    david leedavid lee7 päivää sitten
  • Great challenge and presentation guys.

    Taylor314T5Taylor314T57 päivää sitten
  • Mike is the moral winner almost every other badge challenge episodes, but Barry and Jamie just take the win easily. Always rooting for you Mike. Better luck next time! Ben Should have taken off points for negative answers, maybe another future challenge.

    CarolineCaroline7 päivää sitten
  • I had only heard of chinese 5 spice - the others are new to me! Thanks lads!

    Annisha BorahAnnisha Borah7 päivää sitten
  • Okay so only my mind decided to message my man and say I want to 'Dukkah' him when i found out what it meant :')

    Lizzie CampbellLizzie Campbell7 päivää sitten
  • Badges shouldn't be awarded by who does it best, but by who does it well enough. Also, why didn't all three of them get a go at all of the spice blends?

    Patrick KellerPatrick Keller7 päivää sitten
  • How about a challenge where you go to one of the behind the scenes crews' house and do a pantry/fridge last minute dinner party episode.

    Sitara KiamiSitara Kiami7 päivää sitten
  • @Ben Khmeli Suneli is pronounced more like Hmeli Suneli. Although it is very hard for english speakers to pronounce like a native speaker because of two reasons. One, there are very few english words if any that pronounce consonants together at the beginning of the word. For example even though Knife technically has two consonants it is always pronounced with K being silent. The second is more nuanced and the reason it's spelled in english as KH instead of just H is because the H is harder than the english one. The english H is more in the back of the throat while with this H the tongue is more forward. You can hear the proper pronunciation here fistart.info/tv/videot/t2W1unmqqcGY06c.html

    Igor KIgor K7 päivää sitten
  • Хмели сунели

    MagnitolaMagnitola7 päivää sitten
  • The idea on this challenge is brilliant but the rules flawed... Mike was robbed!!!

    Z A_M_DZ A_M_D7 päivää sitten
  • Im going to try dukkah after this, and my girlfriend alreadty has it.

    Pål arne AndersonPål arne Anderson7 päivää sitten
  • Thanks for going in depth on the uses and flavour pairings. I love these kind of videos

    nemrahnoorknemrahnoork7 päivää sitten
  • Schzeuan pepper corns are not pepper corns. It's a totally different plant with a totally different flavor, mala.... So you get 2 points

    Maitin RhodeMaitin Rhode7 päivää sitten
  • Should have deducted points for wrong guesses! Great video though :)

    FaereSeduraFaereSedura7 päivää sitten
  • Those spice blends and the dishes you prepared with them all look gorgeous 😋😋😋😋😋

    Cathy FranklandCathy Frankland7 päivää sitten
  • They should subtract the number of incorrect guesses to mitigate the desire to just throw spices at the dartboard.

    Joseph BransonJoseph Branson7 päivää sitten
  • Surely per round you give them one point per correct item and take one away per wrong one so you don’t get Barry listing every spice he’s ever heard of right from the get go

    Vic KoVic Ko7 päivää sitten
  • This has been a really interesting challenge. I always feel I don't use spices properly

    Stacey SmithStacey Smith7 päivää sitten
  • Hey there, I'm so happy and surprised that you've mentioned my country- Georgia

    Gvantsa JikiaGvantsa Jikia7 päivää sitten
  • I really enjoyed this episode and concept, especially with the spice blends I was not familiar with. I will have to try some of them myself. I want to read "The Science of Spice" now too. So interesting and a fun episode.

    Carly BCarly B7 päivää sitten
  • Barry won because he guessed every spice There really should have been a penalty for wrong guesses ( anyone can win if they have unlimited chances)

    matthew Vandergrift-Jonesmatthew Vandergrift-Jones7 päivää sitten
  • What's the recipie for that rice pudding Ben made? With the stuff on top? Looked so good!!

    Bella ButtonBella Button7 päivää sitten
  • Once again, the Mike-pologists are out in force in the comments, as is tradition

    MrSmokinDragonMrSmokinDragon8 päivää sitten
  • here's a possible idea for you to try.. get in touch with Tristan Mortlock (super yacht captain channel) , esysman channel. or aquaholic channel. They have all the contacts necessary for your chefs to get on board and do a challenge against the resident chef

    Bob AdamsBob Adams8 päivää sitten
  • Here is a pass it on challenge.... South African Pap en wors (sausage). Consisting of: Putu pap (Maize Meal) cooked to be crummy and not stiff or resemble that of porridge Sausage - Any would do, but traditionally made with beef sausage Smoor - This is a combination of Tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and oil As an additional challenge, make corn bread using sweet corn from a can instead of a cord in brine. Good luck :)

    Nicholas MillerNicholas Miller8 päivää sitten
  • I really like baking squash with five spice and oregano on it

    Irian GreenleafIrian Greenleaf8 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else feel like Jamie was completely disadvantaged? considering even Ben hadn't heard of it.

    4dads4dads8 päivää sitten
  • Did you know in America there is a brand called spiceology! I think they are pretty good!

    tyra woodtyra wood8 päivää sitten
  • I was so happy to see "advieh", I would love to see you exploring Persian/Iranian dishes further 😍

    Parastu SheraParastu Shera8 päivää sitten
    • So glad you enjoyed it :)

      SORTEDfoodSORTEDfood8 päivää sitten
  • I don’t really like how the badges are being given as prizes in battles now. The whole point initially seemed to be the boys vs the criteria, not the boys vs each other. It’s not like only one person graduates from culinary school every year because they were top of the class, anyone who fulfils the requirements does. If Ben and James did this and James named one more ingredient than Ben, does it suddenly mean Ben knows nothing about spices? Of course not! I’d like to see them all up against a specific win condition in the future, not competing against each other. (As far as badges go I mean - obviously more battles is great!!)

    Susan ASusan A8 päivää sitten
  • Huh, this didn't show up in my subscriptions. I guess FIstart is pulling it's shit again.

    Tzisorey TigerwufTzisorey Tigerwuf8 päivää sitten
  • Try panchphoron, the Bengali and Assamese five spice blend. It's really delicious, and I don't know Bengali cooking very well, but in Assamese cooking you fry it in some mustard oil with chilis, add sliced onion, then add veg (potato, cabbage, or you can use winter squash, etc.), then a little turmeric, add a little water and salt, and cook until done. Super delicious. Terrific in dal, as well. There are different blends but the classic and best is fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and fennel seeds.

    flibbertygibbetteflibbertygibbette8 päivää sitten
  • I think we all know what the best blend of herbs and spices is. There are 11 and it was invented by a colonel.

    Tom BoltonTom Bolton8 päivää sitten
  • Love you Barry, but I think you were just throwing a bunch of random spice names out there. Mike probably deserved this one 🙂

    Passion for SoundPassion for Sound8 päivää sitten
  • Dukkah?? How do you guys know dukkah🤣🤣🤣

    Mariam WaelMariam Wael8 päivää sitten
  • 😂🤣How long do these guys remain normals before they become home cooks

    Ngcebo BhenguNgcebo Bhengu8 päivää sitten
    • Normals are home cooks.

      StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • @ 17:00, since I'm from a Russian family we use Khmeli Suneli as it's great when cooking meats on the BBQ during summer, as you get loads of herby freshness to it.

    Gregory ShilovGregory Shilov8 päivää sitten
  • @ 14:36, you do not pronounce the K in Khmeli Suneli, as this is just an accent within the Russian/Cyrillic alphabet.

    Gregory ShilovGregory Shilov8 päivää sitten
  • Finally, at @13:10 there's some Georgian / Eastern European Food being mentioned. Khmeli Suneli is a spice mix that Georgians use for their meat rubs and is something that's used for marinades for food to be cooked on the barbeque. Please include more Eastern European food as I feel you're missing a trick, that's for sure.

    Gregory ShilovGregory Shilov8 päivää sitten
  • Hell i just discovered Herbs de Provance and it open up a whole new world. This seems like a big next step.

    angbaldangbald8 päivää sitten
  • Can y'all do a Keto themed video? maybe a battle? I have lost a lot of weight on keto but I am getting bored with what I am cooking.

    Jenn BarrettJenn Barrett8 päivää sitten
    • I don't think this channel should support diet programs.

      StettafireStettafire6 päivää sitten
  • I love this series, however I thought this format was really weak. It felt like they were all just throwing out names of spices just as much, or more, than actually identifying the flavors.

    M. NewellLargeM. NewellLarge8 päivää sitten