Groceries shopping guide: spices

Groceries shopping guide: spices

Feel like cooking Indonesian cuisine? This session will give you an intro to what’s inside the common Indonesian kitchen. And what better to tell us the culture of a kitchen than its spice rack?

One thing about Indonesian spices is that we share a very similar yet different palate with most Southeast Asian countries. And yes, we use lots of spices in cooking, and that is why our cuisine is rich in flavour.

All the spices on the following list are best found in traditional markets.

English Bahasa Indonesia
Tamarind Asam
Cloves Cengkeh
Kaffir Lime Leaves Daun Jeruk Purut
Salam Leaves Daun Salam
Suji Leaves Daun Suji
Ginger Jahe
Cumin Jintan
Slaked Lime Kapur Sirih
Cinnamon Kayu Manis
Candlenuts Kemiri
Kaempferia Galanga / Aromatic Ginger Kencur
Coriander Ketumbar
Turmeric Kunyit
Galangal Lengkuas
Pepper Merica
Nutmeg Pala
Lemon Grass Serai
Cardamom Kapulaga
Shrimp Paste Terasi
Coconut Milk Santan
Chilies (Bird Chilies) Cabai
Red Onions/ Shallot Bawang Merah
Garlic Bawang Putih
Peanuts Kacang Tanah
Salt Garam
Sugar Gula
Soya Sauce/ Sweet Soya Sauce Kecap Asin/ Manis
Basil Kemangi
Screw Pine Leaf Daun Pandan
Sesame Seed Wijen
Star Anise Bunga Lawang (Pekak)
Vinegar Cuka