With the market aisles flooded with unending varieties of spice and seasoning mixes, choosing a versatile blend is key to flavorful meals. Italian seasoning is one such blend that comprises some earthy flavors laced with a sweet warmth and finally some peppery heat. Not just over a cheesy pizza slice or pasta base, from homemade dips to fresh leafy salads, a good quality Italian seasoning would evoke the aromas of Italy in your kitchen!
One of the relatively new entrants in this range is Orika by Paras Spices. From ground and whole spices to seasonings and mixes, Orika offers an extensive range. Since Italian seasoning tempted us the most, that is what we ordered.
All you need to know about Orika Italian seasoning is discussed here.
One 40-gram jar holds 50 sachets of the seasoning. Each sachet is 0.8 grams. We liked that the jar has a wide mouth, which makes it easy to procure the sachets with ease. The fact that these are individually packed in sachets, helps preserve the fresh aroma and taste as well.
Thumbs up for this individual packaging.
2. Main Ingredients
The ingredients used are – Dehydrated garlic, Iodised salt, Herbs (oregano, basil), Black pepper, Red chili, Edible Vegetable oil (soy), Anticaking agent (INS 551).
Oregano, garlic, red chili and basil are the key ingredients that form an aromatic blend. Were we able to taste these individually and how harmoniously do all of these ingredients come together to make one flavorful blend? How beautifully does it uplift a plain dish of pasta/pizza?
Dried herbs have a crisp texture. Was this blend a fine powder or a granular mix?
Dried, crushed oregano leaves, dehydrated garlic bits, and specs of black pepper powder could be identified.
Intense, inviting, and reminiscent of a freshly prepared slice of pizza- this best describes the aroma of Italian seasoning.
Does Orika bring this authentic aroma?
A 40-gram jar is priced at Rs 99/-.
8. Shelf Life
The shelf life is 12 months.
Orika Italian Seasoning – Detailed Review
|Orika Italian Seasoning
|Dehydrated garlic, Iodised salt, Herbs, Black pepper, Red chili
We tested Orika’s Italian Seasoning with pasta. In 210 grams of boiled penne pasta we added 2 sachets of Orika Italian Seasoning and used olive oil to saute it. No fresh garlic, cream, veggies, salt or any other herb or spice were added. Our dish was sauceless and this helped us gauge the flavor of the seasoning on its own. The seasoning coats the pasta very nicely.
Before taste, the aroma indicates how fragrant a spice blend will be. And Orika doesn’t disappoint. The robust aroma of garlic and mixed herbs is inviting.
The pleasing pungency that dehydrated garlic offers, combined with the herby flavor of dried oregano and mild pepper kick is superb. For people with low-moderate salt tolerance, our bowl of pasta did not require any extra salt. Make sure you add this seasoning cautiously as it already contains salt and pepper.
Something as basic as boiled pasta was also elevated, thanks to this well-rounded seasoning.
Would we make this a pantry staple? Absolutely yes! We love the well-balanced blend of spices and herbs in this seasoning. Orika’s Italian Seasoning is a must-buy.