Indian spices can give that extra zing to dishes. You may shop from a full list of Indian spices used in Indian cooking from the above. India is a land of magical spices. The world has found its way to India to experience this magic. In the world of the internet we bring this magic to your home. Taste the Malabar coast through its culinary prizes like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. The lore of spices extend to its medicinal, preservative, and seasoning properties. In India this knowledge is used daily and not only does the food look, smell and taste delicious, it feeds, heals, soothes and rejuvenates every part of the being.
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Use Indian spices to cook vegetables, meats, chicken, fish, potato, squash, make salsas, salads, chutneys, beans, lentils, raitas or yogurt salads, appetizers and snacks, biryanis and elegant rice variations and breads.
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The Indian food lover will find nearly all Indian spices for Indian recipes.Spices make it east to make homemade Indian meal that tastes wonderful, looks elegant and is healthy, to boot.
Make enticing Indian curry dishes from the different regions of India like Goa, Kerala and the Konkan coast of India and combine spices with coconut. To create Kashmiri dishes like Roganjosh hearty braised lamb shanks curry add yogurt and walnuts, To make Bengali fish use panchphoran in tomato charred curry. Spices form the basis for Indian sauces or gravies. They add the sizzle to meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Try frying whole dried spices like chillies, cumin and coriander powder and cuury leaves and pouring this over cooked lentils, rice or plain yogurt and experience these simple ingredients become culinary masterpieces. The aroma, color and zing of spices make Indian food so popular the world over!
A well-stocked Indian spice pantry allows you to use these specific blends for each curry. The results are complex and delicious. Indian spices are a boon to vegetarian and vegan cooks and simple vegtable, beans, lentils are trnsformed into amazing dishes which will invite the envy of many meat-eaters.
The most common Indian Spices and their benefits are:
Ajika Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi, Shambalileh) to flavor curries ,
Fried Onions , Panchporan Bengali Indian Five Spices, Seasoning (Panch Phoran, Panch
puran, Panchphoran) , Saffron Threads (Azafrán, Za'faran) , Asafetida Asafoetida, Hing Compound , Mustard Seeds, Black (Rai) , Black
Pepper Powder , Cardamom Pods Green (Cardamon) , Red Chili
Whole , Cayenne or Red Chili Powder , Turmeric
Powder , Coriander
Seeds Whole , Coriander
Seed Powder , Cumin
Seeds Whole , Cumin
Powder , Fennel
Seeds Whole , Cloves Whole ,
Fenugreek Seeds Whole (Methi, Shambalileh) , Mango Powder Green (Amchoor, Amchur) , Poppy Seeds
, Ajwain Seeds (Ajowan, Carom seeds ) , Black Salt or Rock Salt or Kala Namak , Mild Chili ,
Round Chilies Whole , Garam Masala Whole Indian Blend , Pomegranate Seeds (Anardana) , Curry Powder, Indian Spice Mix , Cinnamon
Malabar Sticks , Ginger
Powder , Cardamom Pods Black or Brown , Black
Pepper Whole , Sesame
Seeds White , Nigella Seeds (Kalonji or Onion Seeds) , Coconut Shredded Unsweetened , Coriander-Cumin
Powder , Garam Masala Powder, Indian , Cardamom
(Green) Seeds , Cardamom
(Green) Powder , Nutmeg
Powder , Crushed Chilies (Tien Tsin Chile) - Hunan and Szechwan Styles of Cooking ,
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Asafoetida (heeng, hing): a digestive, Heeng is added to foods that are considered
gas-producing in nature. It helps in easy digestion and relieves colic in infants.
Cinnamon (dalchini): It aids in digestion and is also known for its blood sugar and
cholesterol lowering properties. Cinnamon tea is used for nausea, flatulence and common
cold. Besides providing health benefits, this spice is like essential in baked goods and
in rice pilafs.
Cardamom (elaichi): helps with bad breath, loss of appetite, depression, indigestion,
nausea, carminative (causing expulsion of gas), diuretic (causing urination), digestive,
expectorant (helps bring up phlegm from lung etc) and stimulant. Besides providing health
benefits, this spice is like vanilla and excellent in Indian chai.
Cloves: have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, natural anesthetic, a remedy
for toothache. Besides providing health benefits, this spice can add warmth and elagant
taste to any savory dish.
Black pepper (kali mirch): is a digestive, stimulant, appetizer, expectorant and a
great nervine tonic, treats cough and cold. Besides providing health benefits, this spice
is the most used spice in the kitchen in the entire world.
Fenugreek (methi): Bitter methi seeds are a blood purifier, laxative, help in
maintaining metabolism, prevent constipation and act as an antidote for several skin
problems. Methi paste is used by people who have sparse hair in India, applied on the scalp, it nourihes and regrows hair.
Turmeric (haldi): This is the most healthy spice on the planet with its natural
anti-septic and anti-inflammatory property, used for small cuts, wounds and arthritis and is considered to have anti-cancer properties. Besides providing
health benefits, this spice elevates the visual appeal of food with its golden hue.
Red chilli powder (lal mirch): reduces LDL or bad cholesterol, and is also rich in
antioxidants like vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, a good source of vitamin C. Besides providing health benefits, this spice makes food more
Saffron (kesar): has anti-ageing properties, is rich in vitamins and minerals, acts
as an anti-depressant and is heart friendly. Saffron is a potent natural aphrodisiac too.
Besides providing health benefits, this spice is like vanilla and excellent in rice.
Fennel (saunf):Fennel is carminative (gas/flatulence releasing), a good source of vitamin
C, potassium, iron, and fibre, an antispasmodic and is used to relieve colic and
constipation especially in infants and children.