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The Pantry Alphabet: F


What is it?

Do you have this ingredient in your pantry?

Which of these recipes from The Perfect Pantry contains today's ingredient?

1. Potato and swordfish tortino
2. Slow cooker Indian-spiced butternut squash
3. Salmon tikka

When you guess which recipe contains the ingredient, please leave only the number 1, 2 or 3 in the comments below. Please don't leave the name of the ingredient, so others can have fun guessing, too. And let us know if you have this in your pantry.

(Spoiler alert: It's an aphrodisiac, and maybe a cure for baldness, too.)

See you next Saturday, for the letter G.

Last week: epazote.

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And I used to have it in my pantry, none at the moment.

It's number 2! I have a mayonnaise jar full of it. It's also made into a beverage in Ethiopia.


#2. I had to cheat this week (but I did get last week's right with no cheating). Indian cooking requires SO many spices and I just don't have the room. Luckily I have an amazing Indian grocery with a huge selection of spice blends for any dish you might want to make in addition to their spices. Here's their website. http://www.patelbrothersusa.com/newsite/

Ah, easy one for once :) 2. A regular in my pantry. Roasted and coarsely powdered, it is used in pickles and curries. Also sprouted and used in salads.

#2. Never had it, to my knowledge. I guess I have to be a bit more adventurous--thanks for introducing me to some new pantry items!

#2 - After looking at all three recipes and not peeking at the comments first I was able to guess it correctly, but no I don't have it and I don't think I have tried it. But I will be buying some for my bald husband! ;-)

2. I don't have it but my neighbor Lalitha uses it all the time.

#2. None in my pantry but I want to learn more!!!

Unfortunately, I had to cheat and look everywhere for the answer. I don't have this in my pantry and I don't think I've ever used it before :-(

That was a tough one, but it's got to be #2. I do have a big bag of this that I got in the mail from an Indian blogger (to plant, which I tried but didn't end up using the resulting plant. Need to try again!)

#2 I do not have it, but have heard of it. Does it have a distinct taste or is it just part or curry and other spice blends?

It's used in #2, but I don't have it. Probably should if it will put hair back on my husband's head!

#2, but I have actually never used it before!

Number 2......also a wonderful tea!

#2 and I wish I had some.

#2 And yes I use it as often as possible in my "tadka" (seasoning)

I've never seen them before - rather odd-looking!

I had some in my pantry from my nursing days--it helps with milk production. In fact, it was on my counter when I saw this post because I ground some up for a new mom friend. I have been looking for recipes. Thanks!

Definately No.2. I don't have any just now but have in the past - and discovered that it sprouts easily when I accidentally got some wet!

Lydia- the pantry alphabet is a lot of fun and a great way to share your wonderful recipes.

Everyone, thanks for all of the great information you're adding in your comments. I'm learning so much more about "F" than I knew before.

I was pleased to know it, just from the letter; surprised to find I wasn't the only one who has sprouted it (you will smell like maple the next day); and pleased to learn more. What a delicious recipe!


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