5 Indian Spices that will Change your LIFE
Whether it's a carrot, potato, eggplant or any other vegetable you can name, Indians have figured out clever ways to turn the most simple and for some unappetizing foods into culinary magic.
Not only do the spices from the East taste amazing, they are also packed with tons of health benefits.
We have plenty of recipes that contain these benefits below, but first we wanted to share how these different spices can help you live a better life.
I'll briefly touch on the benefits of this noble root because we wrote an article dedicated solely to it, but here are some benefits. Turmeric is what adds a vibrant and orange tinge to Indian dishes. It's a member of the ginger family as the roots look similar. Turmeric has been medically shown to treat arthritis, heartburn, bloating and loss of appetite.
A spice native to South India - at one time black pepper was the most widely traded product in the entire world. To many indians, black pepper - and black peppercorns in particular are important in the initial stages of the cooking process. Black peppercorn provides body to most Indian dishes. The benefits of black pepper are many, but a few important ones to note are that it improves digestion, can help you lose weight and has antibacterial properties which help clean your arteries and reduces the risk of high cholesterol.
They are an integral part of indian cooking. Usually they are added alongside cumin. They have an earthy smell and have been known to control diabetes which is a great since Indians are plagued with this controllable disease. It's also been shown as a cure for headaches. A simple remedy to cure headaches is making a paste of a few cloves and mixing it with some rock salt. Add it to warm milk and kiss the pains goodbye!
Many South Asians can recall crushed green cardamom in their chai. It's benefits are many, but we will tell you the ones that stand out to us. First it's important to note that the benefits of cardamom are only attained when you break the outer shell and expose the tiny pods inside. Cardamom has been shows to leave the breath fresher and counteract against bloating and gas. It's great to eat post meal.
Cumin seeds are a staple in most kitchens around the world. In Indian cooking in particular, it's one of the most important ingredients. Almost all the dishes we have prepared for you contain cumin seeds as an initial ingredient in the cooking process. Some of the benefits of cumin seeds are that it promotes healthy skin. It removes moisture and elasticity from the pores and keeps your skin rejuvenated and youthful. It also boosts the immune system because it has vitamin C and helps against insomnia so you can have more restful sleep.
We hope these spices become a part of your diet.
Check out the recipes below and make your next meal amazing! All our spices and ingredients can be found at our Bharat Bazar Locations. Come on by!
- Dal Curry
- Mushroom Curry
- Indian Style Scrambled Eggs
- Rajma Curry
- Chana Masala
- Tamatar Ki Chutney
- Aloo gobi
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