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The essential ingredients in different world cuisines

Updated on September 23, 2015

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Make sure you have these main ingredients to make different cuisines of the world

If you are looking for the main ingredients in many different styles of food then you have come to the right place.

Find the ingredients for different cooking styles here. Chili, olive oil, spices, wine, herbs and spices that will always come in handy for various dishes.

Here you can find essential food ingredients for different styles of cooking. To create cake recipes, Italian recipes and much much more. Make your chicken recipes, meats, vegetables, pasta and rice more exciting. Think of new meal recipes and dinner ideas. Create baking recipes, Thai food, Indian recipes, Chinese recipes and even French recipes. Follow your cookbooks favorites and never miss out again..

So, you feel in the mood for cooking. Maybe you fancy some food from Spain. Maybe you are a very experienced cook, or trying to cook your first romantic meal, or have a new family. Sometimes frustrations in the kitchen can be found when trying to cook your ideal dinner. Finding out you are missing that essential ingredient, you have to make do with recipe choice number 2 or even 4! I'm sure quite a few of you have experienced this at some point. Whether it was your first time in the kitchen or you have 40 years' experience.

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Missing a simple ingredient could mean missing out on delicious food

You have an urge to make something really delicious. You do a search on Google for your favourite recipe, and your taste buds start to get tantalised. With your mouth watering and your stomach grumbling, you have been to the shops and have the core ingredients. As you look at the photo of that delicious dish you are going to make, your excitement levels raise. You scroll down the page and start to read the ingredients. You are thinking about what might or might not go wrong and then BAM! Out of the blue, the sucker punch. It's happened again. At first it doesn't quite sink in, you reread the list, have a little quiet think to yourself, and try desperately to think of a solution. Your excitement levels start to fade. Your stomach feels sorry for itself, starts to sulk and gets the hump. Your mouth seems to have decided to take a holiday in the desert, and has obviously soaked up some sun because it has gone quite dry. That's right, you've guessed it, you are missing one ingredient!

With disappointment at a high, your brain has gone into overdrive and burnt itself out; the devil is tempting you at your time of need, like some uncontrollable force pulling you. Weakened and desperate, insanity kicked in, you open the fridge with a trembling hand. Solemnly reaching out for last night's Indian takeaway, pulling it from the fridge. Heartbroken, you call that stunning date and cancel, let down those family and friends that are now "in your eyes" seeing you as a failure. That's right; you've lost the ones you love.

You begrudgingly empty the contents onto a microwavable plate, ready to make the most of the evening with your own miserable company, and then it gets worse, a lot worse. You eyeball the contents on the plate, in a panic opening the fridge again, searching and knocking over objects. Once again, you've guessed it; you only have stodgy rice left, not even the tika masal or poppadoms want to help you out. You probably will never try and make this recipe again.

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Well wait, we don't want this scenario happening again do we ?, oh no.

That's why I decided to write this lens, my guide to the basic ingredients you might like to have in your kitchen to help you make easy, fast and delicious food. Don't be put off by the big list, it all depends what you need to suit your style of cooking, and slowly over time you can start getting these items. You don't have to do it in one big bulk buy.

This list is intended to give you the basis of the core ingredients needed in the following categories. Most of these ingredients should have a long shelf life and be able to be stored in your kitchen without taking up too much fridge space.

The main ingerdients in Spanish food are:
The main ingerdients in Spanish food are:

What are the main ingredients in Spanish food?

The main ingredients in Spanish food are:

Olive Oil

Olives

Tomatoes

Garlic

Chili

Paprika

Saffron

Rosemary

Thyme

Origano

Peppers

Wine

Parsley

Onions

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Italian Food
Italian Food

What are the main ingredients in Italian food?

The main ingredients in Italian food are:

Olive oil

Tomatoes

Garlic

Dried Pasta

Breadcrumbs

Olives

Pine nuts

Capers

Basil

Balsamic Vinegar

Wine

Parmesan

Oregano

Sage

Thyme

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What are the main ingredients in French food?

The main ingredients in French food are:

Olive Oil

Vinegar

Hot Mustard

Nutmeg

Oinons

Garlic

Basil

Sage

Parsley

Sorrel

Coriander

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Indian food
Indian food

What are the main Ingredients in Indian Food?

The main Ingredients in Indian food are:

Cardamom

Chili peppers

Cinnamon

Coriander

Cumin

Garam masala

Ginger

Mustard seed

Onion

Garlic

Turmeric

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Chinese food
Chinese food

What are the main ingredients in Chinese food?

The main ingredients in Chinese food are:

Chili sauce

Dried Chinese Mushrooms

Dark Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Hoisin Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Ginger

Rice vinegar

Rice wine

Sesame Oil

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Thai Food
Thai Food

What are the main ingredients in Thai food?

The main ingredients in Thai food are:

Lemongrass

Kaffir lime leaves

Fish sauce

Garlic

Chile peppers

Coconut milk

Palm sugar

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Baking
Baking

What are the main ingredients in Baking?

The main ingredients in Baking are:

Yeast

Flour

All purpose flour

Self raising flour

Plain flour

Sweetners and sugars

Granulated sugar

Caster sugar (if unavailable can be created by blending granulated sugar)

Icing sugar

Brown or Demerara sugar

Salt

Eggs

Butter, Margarine or Lard

Baking Powder

Bicarbonate of Soda

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Very nice lens I found so many useful informations.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @bushaex: Thank you very much bushaex, I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Very well done and enjoyable! SquidAngel blessings.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @delia-delia: Thank you d-artist, with a mix of German and Puerta Rican cuisine I'm sure you are a great chef. Sounds amazing and thank you for the blessing :)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      After reading this, I realized I'm not much of a cook! I like making my own recipes but do cook German and Puerto Rican food for the Holidays.

      Very nicely done lens and interesting idea!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My mom has perfected a spicy Tom Ka Gai (Thai soup) recipe that I adore and will learn next.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love cooking dishes from different countries and making up recipes from random ingredients so loved looking through this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @peterb6001: I might be a great chef but i have no idea how to make a lens honey.... but if you would like to do one with me as in i send you the info and you make the lens then i could do that.

      :)

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @tree-sings: Hi Tree, I didn't include flour as I saw that as a more general ingredient for all cooking styles. I thought coriander in French cooking was an odd one to, but that's what came up in my research. I don't remember eating to much of it in France so I'll do more research.

      When are you going to get a lens going with your amazing food? (I know Tree outside of Squidoo and she's an expert chef), please make a lens, everyone will love it! All criticism is constuctive anyway. Cheers for coming by Pickle.

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      tree-sings 4 years ago

      Hey...Very good lens!

      Well done.

      If you need help or advice in doing any more regarding food you know who to ask. There are a various things that are essentials and you have left out for example Italian- flour.... and some things which are not very accurate like coriander - French (the french do use loads of herbs but coriander is not necessarily oneof the most commonly used).

      Please do not take any of this as criticism, it it truly a great lens.

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      Lots if tips

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for letting me know about this great lens. I just added my mac and cheese recipe lens for all to enjoy!

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @clouda9 lm: Thank you for making my Lens more Yummy! I've added your link :)

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @Wbisbill LM: Thank you for coming by!

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Excellent lens!

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @Sylvestermouse: Oh I'm sure you are a good cook, nobody could master all these styles! Gordon Ramsay has 13 Michelin Stars and still learns something everyday.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      LOL Peter! I considered myself a fairly decent cook until I read about the different cuisines here. As it turns out, I am actually very limited :)

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @OhMe: Hello OhMe, I'm glad you like it, thanks for participating, I've put the link up, Good luck!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Hi Peter, this is great and I added my Tomato Pie Recipe lens. Thanks.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @eccles1: Well, hopefully they should cover the basics of most dishes.

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Hello Peter this helps to know when you want to cook with international flavors.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @JoshK47: Thanks for coming by and having a look!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Well, if I wasn't hungry before, I am now - thanks for sharing!

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you and thanks for coming by. I've only been on Squidoo for 5 days, so am not the fastest yet, but if you or anybody would like other food regions added, I'd be pleased to research them and add them.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great Lens. Like your idea of bringing in all the different counties and their style of cooking. Thanks for sharing this lens. Blessed.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @floppypoppygift1: Thanks for popping by. I'm sure you are more popular on this site then he is, so I think you'll be in with a chance. People have lots more creative lens recipes on here than chicken curries. He'll be beat by a cupcake or something.

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      Wow! I'm no match for Gordon Ramsay, that's for sure! I sure do love his shows, though and our whole family will stop to watch him anytime he's on! Cheers~cb