Missing Ingredient?


It is so frustrating when you are in the middle of cooking then you find out that you are missing an ingredient. In some cases, it is unresolvable and you have to move and get to the store or knock on a stranger’s or a neighbor’s door begging for some salt or 1 onion. I am trying to build a library of what to do when you are missing an ingredient and how to build a pantry that is hard to miss a substitution when you do miss an ingredient. Egyptian recipes usually include certain set of spices like cumin, garlic, ground cilantro and 7 spices. So, try to keep those 4 ingredients around if you like Egyptian food.

Missing Spices

Missing Spice Substitute With
 All Spices  Cinnamon+nutmeg+cloves
 Cinnamon  nutmeg and all spices
 Chili seasoning  chili powder+paprika
 Cloves  allspice + cinnamon + nutmeg
 Cumin  Chili powder
 Garlic powder  Fresh garlic and vice versa
 Italian Seasoning  basil+oregano+thyme
 Lemon salt  lime juice+salt
 Onion powder  1 small onion
 Pumpkin spice cinnamon+nutmeg+allspice+ginger
 Salt  soy sauce where applicable (things with sauces)
 Saffron  Tumeric
 Shawarma spices  cinnamon+all spices+paprika+nutmeg


Missing Baking Ingredient

Missing Baking Ingredient Substitute With
Brown sugar 1 cup BS = 1 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon molases
Baking powder 1 teaspoon BS= 1/4 teaspoon baking soda+1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
 Vanilla extract or powder  orange rind with cinnamon
 Fine sugar  Regular sugar blended in the blender
 White sugar  brown sugar or double the powder sugar
 Sour cream  Greek Yogurt
Milk any non greek yogurt
Breadcrumbs Toss any old toast or buns in the
food processor
marinara sauce or pizza sauce ketchup+garlic powder+salt

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