Pronouncing the complicated names of foreign dishes, spices and condiments can be pretty difficult to say the least -- even for those who think they have a handle on languages. If you often find yourself at a restaurant not knowing how to pronounce the spice used in one of your favorite dishes or the condiment at the center of the table, then this guide is for you.

Our guide includes the phonetic pronunciation, what each spice or condiment is made of, and how you can use it in your own cooking. Browse our slideshow below to see the spices and condiments that made our list.

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  • Piri Piri Sauce

    <em>pi-ri pi-ri, pi-li pi-li, or pi-ti pi-ti</em> A hot sauce made from basil, bay leaves, crushed chillies, lemon peel and juice, garlic, onion, paprika, black pepper, pimiento, oregano and tarragon. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a condiment or marinade for meats and seafood. <strong>Origin:</strong> Portugal but widely used in Africa. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Piri-Piri Chicken Wings</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Piri Piri Sauce</a> at Sickles Market, $11.99</strong>

  • Shichimi Togarashi

    <em>shi-CHEE-mee toe-guh-RAH-she</em> A seven-spice mixture (<em>shichimi</em> means seven) of red chili pepper, Sichuan pepper, roasted orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, ground ginger and nori (dried seaweed). <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use shichimi as a condiment, sprinkled on Asian noodle dishes and soups, such as ramen. <strong>Origin:</strong> Japan <strong>Recipe: </strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Spicy Miso Ramen Noodle Soup</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Shichimi Togarashi</a> at, $30</strong>

  • Sambal Oelek

    <em>zam-bahl U-lek</em> A hot sauce made up of chili peppers, distilled vinegar and salt. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use it as a condiment or try it in stir-fry recipes or as an ingredient in marinades. <strong>Origin:</strong> Indonesia. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Shrimp with Citrus-Sambal-Oelek Dressing</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Sambal Oelek Chilli Paste</a> at, $5.99</strong>

  • Za'atar

    <em>ZAT-ahr</em> A spice mixture made up of thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use to season meats and vegetables as well as a condiment on hummus and yogurt. It's also great sprinkled onto breads before baking. <strong>Origin:</strong> Middle East. Used widely in Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. <strong>Recipe: </strong><a href="" target="_hplink">White Butter Bean, Feta and Za'atar Spread</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Za'atar</a> at, $5.50</strong>

  • Chimichurri Sauce

    <em>chee-mee-CHOOR-ree</em> A sauce made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, red vinegar, and chili flakes. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a condiment for grilled meats or as a grill marinade. <strong>Origin:</strong> Argentina but also used in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chimichurri</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Chimichurri Sauce</a> at, $6.19</strong>

  • Ras El Hanout

    <em>rahs el huh-NOOT</em> A spice mixture whose name translates to "top of the shop" that typically includes cardamom, clove, cinnamon, chili peppers, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, peppercorn, and turmeric. Each spice merchant has his own variation of the recipe -- some more exotic ingredients may include ash berries, grains of paradise or dried rosebud, among others. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a rub for meats to be roasted. Use in stews and braises, such as Moroccan tagine. <strong>Origin:</strong> Morocco <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Oven-Roasted Halibut in Charmoula Marinade</a> <strong><a href="Ras El Hanout" target="_hplink">Ras El Hanout</a> at, $25</strong>

  • Sriracha

    <em>see-RAH-chah</em> A hot sauce, named after a city in Thailand, made up of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a dipping sauce and condiment. Or use in stir-fry sauces and marinades. <strong>Origin:</strong> Thailand. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce with Poached Chicken</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce</a> at, $5.95</strong>

  • Berbere

    <em>behr-behr-EE</em> A spice mixture made up of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, dried basil, korarima, rue, white and black pepper, and fenugreek. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use it as a rub for meats or as a seasoning in stews and braises. <strong>Origin:</strong> Ethiopia and Eritrea. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Doro Wat</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Berbere</a> at, $30</strong>

  • Hoisin Sauce

    <em>HOY-sin</em> A sauce made from sweet potato starch, sugar, soybeans, white distilled vinegar, salt, garlic and red chili peppers. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a dipping sauce, condiment, marinade or barbecue sauce. <strong>Origin:</strong> China. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Hoisin Beef and Edamame Noodles</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Hoisin Sauce</a> at, $5.00</strong>

  • Garam Masala

    <em>guh-rahm muh-sa-luh</em> A spice mixture whose name translates to "hot mixture" that typically includes cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, mace, black pepper and star anise. <strong>How to use:</strong> Use as a rub for meats, in marinades and in curries. <strong>Origin:</strong> India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. <strong>Recipe:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken Tikka Masala</a> <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Garam Masala</a> at, $4.50</strong>

  • Piccalilli

    <em>pi-ka-lih-lee</em> A relish made from cauliflower, root vegetables, vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard and turmeric, among other spices. <strong>How to Use:</strong> Use as a condiment or topping. <strong>Origin:</strong> Great Britain. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Piccalilli</a> at, $7.25</strong>

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