You should have these in your pantry!

It is always a good idea to expand your pantry, especially with dry herbs and spices that can make cooking a lot easier. The reason is that when you find a recipe online and scan through the required ingredients, you can most likely tick off half of the list instead of “AHHHH, I have to buy too much (skip)”. Most of the basic pantry items are not expensive, such as dry herbs, seasonings and spices usually cost around AUS $1 – 3 at Woolworths or Coles. Non-perishable canned foods such as canned tuna and beans are a must in my cupboard!


The most common seasonings and spices I come across in most recipes are:

  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Garam Masala
  • Tumeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves, and
  • Paprika

For herbs, if you don’t want to purchase fresh herbs every time (even though it is recommended to use fresh products), dry herbs are also a great way for substitution:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary, and
  • Thyme are the most basic ones that you will see in recipes around.


Here is a very useful list for you: “Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the cupboard” from a popular food blog The Kitchn!

Other goods that are sitting in my pantry just ready whenever I am are:

  • White flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Yeast, and
  • Breadcrumbs

In my opinion, if you have these stocked up in your pantry, then you can whip up a dish anytime just at your fingertip! OR at least you don’t have to spend a large sum of money at supermarkets just for one/two dishes in one go!


This recipe is a very quick, easy and healthy one perfect for lunch. If you have the below seasonings, spices and beans in your pantry already; all you need to get is just a few fresh ingredients such as kale, cherry tomatoes and any protein you choose to have!

Chorizo, Chickpea and Kale stir fry

Serve: 1

4 – 5 stalks of Kale (roughly chopped)
5 – 6 Cherry tomatoes (cut in halves)
1/2 cup of Chickpeas
1/2 of a Chorizo (cut into slices)
1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric
1 teaspoon of garlic
1/4 cup of water
Olive Oil


1. Add oil and fry the chorizo until slightly browned.
2. Add garlic, chickpeas, garam masala, turmeric and water until all chickpeas are coated with spices.
3. Add kale and cherry tomatoes until kale are wilted.

Note: You can also switch it up by adding 1-2 teaspoon of Greek yoghurt in the end,
or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Cream can also be an option to replace water for a smoother taste.

And there you have your bowl of goodyness.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

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