Lifestyle - Food | 0-18 yrs

8 Essential Spices For Indian Cooking


Indian foods are known for their hot and spicy flavour. Adding spices to your cooking, enhances the flavour tremendously, giving the dish that Indian twist. Can you imagine something flavoursome without spices? We bet you can't.

Back in time, India exported spices all over the world. The magic of spices invited people across all borders to visit India for the spice trade. Even today, India is one of the largest exporters in the Spice market.

A perfect blend of herbs, spices and other condiments, adding flavour to every Indian curry, is called the masala. While some of the spices are used for their aroma, some add flavour and some majorly compliment the other spices.

Every kitchen contains jars of essential spices for cooking, here is a ClipBook consisting of eight popular healthy spices, that produce some lip-smacking Indian dishes. 


1. Cardamom

Did you know that cardamom is an expensive spice that adds amazing flavour to your aromatic biryani? Here is a little peek to how it is used in different styles of cooking.

2. Coriander

Coriander or cilantro comes with various health benefits that include relief from skin inflammation, menstrual disorders and conjunctivitis. Know all about this and more.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is renowned for its numerous health benefits that can enhance the body and mind. No recipe is complete without a bark of cinnamon. Plus, its distinct flavour adds a nice touch to food.

5. Clove

In Indian cuisine, desserts and beverages, clove is commonly used as a flavoring. Further, we use the clove oil to make medicine. Clove is most commonly applied directly to the gums for toothache. Find out more about this spice.

5. Curry Leaves

The curry leaves that are commonly used in Indian cooking, have been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times and are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

6. Tamarind

Tamarind is a tropical fruit that is high in nutrients and has several health benefits and uses. It adds a nice tangy flavour to Indian cooking. Learn more.

7. Turmeric

The superhero of spices - turmeric. It is used best for adding flavour and colour to all curry recipes. It is also an amazing home remedy for skin problems, among a host of health benefits.

8. Chili Pepper

The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus capsicum. It adds a nice spicy touch to Indian cooking. It is perfect for decreasing blood pressure, assists in red blood cells formation and great for fighting infections.

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