Originally Posted by snakeyes37
I've tried looking for these spices in the supermarket in the spices section but had no luck. I'm looking for crushed hot red chilies, minced ginger root, and orange zest. Am I looking in the wrong place?
I'd add to Andy's wise comments:
Buy some fresh ginger, a nice, fresh orange and a few hot, red chillies.
Grate the ginger with your cheese grater. Spread the ginger out on a plate, and leave it overnight, or in the sunshine, and it will dry out in a day or two.
Grate the orange peel too, on the finest grater you have. Same procedure as the ginger.
Remove the stalks from the hot peppers, and chop them roughly, crosswise. If you have no latex gloves/surgical gloves to do this with, try to keep your fingers well away - wash your hands thoroughly afterwards .
Leave the chillies in a warm, well -aired place and they'll dry out in about a week or so.
BEST advice - do all this Fresh! Much tastier!!