Did you know that if you don’t have water chestnuts, you can use singkamas instead? That if you don’t have buttermilk, you can use sweet milk and yogurt instead? That if you don’t have ghee, you can use vegetable oil?
I’ve felt frustrated whenever I’d stumble upon a recipe I’d love to try, but find out later that the ingredients are not available here in the Philippines. It’s not like cardamom is readily available or zucchini inexpensive.
Nestle has this portion of their site called “Pinoy Ingredient Substitutes.” It is a list of hard-to-find ingredients with their easy-to-find substitute. Go through the list and see how helpful it can be for you!
P.S. And no, this is not a paid post. I write about things that interest me. If I am asked to review something, I will disclose it.