In his groundbreaking (and best-selling) book ‘Simple’, Yotam Ottolenghi lists his top ten ‘flavour bombs’; ingredients that pack a massively delicious punch and transform ordinary dishes into something spectacular.
At The Essential Ingredient, we’re proud to stock not only all ten of these magical ingredients, but some of the world’s finest examples of each.
You can find all ten of Ottolenghi’s favourite flavour bombs now, in-store and online.
The Essential Ingredient Black Garlic is organic, sweet and rich in umami. With balsamic notes, it’s perfect shaved over roasts or eggs, stirred into gravy or sliced thinly and used to top crostini.
Dried Barberries (currently in short supply)
These small, dried berries add bursts of tartness and beautiful dots of vibrant colour. Traditionally used in Iranian pilafs, they are also excellent in stuffings and salads.
An essential ingredient in hummus, dressings and vegan ice creams, tahini is smooth, creamy and made from stone-ground sesame seeds.
Green Cardamom Pods
The spicy, sweet warmth and aroma of green cardamom pods is frequently utilised in Indian cuisines, where these little kernels of spice are used in curries, chai and more. Grind to use in cakes and desserts.
Essential in Persian cuisine, pomegranate molasses is thick, tart and fruity. Use in salad dressings and marinades, drizzle over pilafs, or stir through dips to add both acidity and sweetness.
The Essential Ingredient Rose Harissa is fiery and fragrant, made with chillies, spices, rose petals and rose water. Use as a marinade for seafood or to flavour stews, soups and couscous.
A staple in North African cooking, the rind of this vibrant citrus can be finely sliced and used to add intense flavour and aroma to salsas, salads and tagines. The Essential Ingredient Preserved Lemons are made using 100% Australian lemons.