Amaali – The Secret of Kashmir

Amaali spice mixes are hand blended by Yesmien (Yazi) in her Skipton kitchen using traditional Kashmiri family recipes…

The result is the very finest spice and herb combinations from Yorkshire containing every fresh flavour you need to cook authentic Kashmiri dishes.

Yazi uses the traditional method passed down from her mother, hand mixing and rubbing a combination of eighteen different spices including turmeric, cardamom and fenegreek, which have many health benefits. Amaali keeps life simple with the perfect one-spoon spice blend.

When she’s not busy creating delicious spice mixes, Yazi delivers hands on “British Values” workshops to local schoolchildren and staff.Jamie Oliver popped along to a recent workshop in the Yorkshire Dales to help pupils and teachers learn about tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Yazi has worked with world renowned Madhur Jaffrey, food busker John Quilter, food stylist Jack Williams and supplies chefs who trained at the Savoy in London and the Plaza Athenee in Paris.

As well as growing her Amaali business, Yazi is a school governess, supporter of local women’s groups and a busy mum – you could say she has a lot on her plate! Head to for more tasty recipe ideas and handy videos full of cooking hints and tips.