Indian cuisine

How to prepare foods with spices?

Is it true that you are searching for approaches to add a ton of flavour to your nourishment without a great deal of fat or salt? Add delicious spices to your plans! Spices can say a great deal regarding a culture’s cooking and are utilized in a wide assortment of appetizing and sweet nourishments. Utilizing a little zest can make the most fundamental plans taste new and fascinating. Post for plans that utilization at least one of these spices or attempt another flavour in one of your family’s top picks.

What is spice? 

Spices originate from the bark, buds organic product, roots, seeds or stems of different plants or trees. (A herb, then again, is from the verdant pieces of plants that don’t have woody stems. They can be new or dried. Dried herbs have a more grounded flavour than new yet lose their quality rapidly.)

Here are some normal cooking spices you can discover in numerous kitchens!


Allspice poses a flavour like a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, which is the reason it is named “allspice”. This spice is utilized in both appetizing and sweet cooking. It adds a particular flavour to heated merchandise like spiced cakes or pumpkin treats. It’s additionally utilized in pickling and is the fundamental element of twitch flavouring. While allspice is utilized in North American preparing, it is progressively normal to South American and Jamaican cooking.


Anise gives a sweet licorice flavour to foods. It is often used in Southeast Asian cooking to add flavour to breads, beverages like this Hot Mulled Tea, pork and poultry. 


Cardamom has a strong aroma and warm, spicy-sweet flavour. It is commonly used in pastries, rice dishes and sweet puddings. Because it is so strong, use only a little bit at a time. It is widely used in East Indian and Scandinavian (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) cooking.

cayenne pepperCayenne

Cayenne (also called red pepper) is a strong, spicy powder made from tropical chilies. With more than 200 varieties, it is common to many cuisines like African, Cajun, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, South American and Southeast Asian cooking. It can be used in a variety of dishes to add a little heat. Try it in this Squash Dip.

Chinese Five Spice, Chinese Five Spice PowderChinese five spice

Chinese five spice is a strong mixture of five ground spices combined in equal amounts – cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. Often used in Chinese cooking, you can make your own or find pre-packaged mixes in Asian markets and most grocery stores. It is most often used in dishes that use soy sauce. 


Cinnamon is a fragrant bark with a sweet, woody and fruity flavor. There are various assortments accessible, however the most well-known cinnamon sold in North America is cassia cinnamon. While you might be accustomed to utilizing it in sweet dishes, you can likewise add it to exquisite stews, soups and curries. It likewise functions admirably with hamburger. Attempt it in Rhubarb Apple Loaf or Chili Casserole.


Cloves provide a sweet and spicy taste to sweet and savoury recipes. Use it in baked goods, smoked meats, pickles, sauces, curries and mulled beverages. They can be used whole (and then removed from the final dish) or ground. A little goes a long way for cloves, so use them in moderation. Try cloves in Chicken in Mole Sauce.


Coriander seeds are dried seeds that come from the same plant as the popular herb, cilantro. Coriander seeds taste like a combination of lemon, sage and caraway. This spice can be used for curries, soups, pickling spices and special drinks like mulled wine. It’s most often used in Indian, Mexican, Asian and Caribbean cuisines.


Cumin provides a warm and nutty flavour to dishes. It is popular in curries, chili powders and barbeque spice blends. It is most often used in Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean cooking. Try it in this Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf.

Curry powder

Curry powder is a blend of powdered spices that will contrast contingent upon the locale and dish. It, for the most part, incorporates a mix of coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, mustard, fenugreek, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, chillies and dark pepper. The blend of spices gives a hot and fiery flavour to sauce-based dishes like Indian curries. Use it in a marinade or as a dry rub for hamburger, fish, sheep, veal and potatoes. Attempt it in Cream of Parsnip Soup or Asparagus and Sweet Potato with Curry.

fennel seedFennel Seed

Fennel seed gives a sweeter and mild licorice flavour to dishes. Fennel seeds are used to flavour savoury dishes, including fish, sauces, meatballs and sausages. It is popular in Mediterranean cuisines. 

garam masalaGaram Masala

Garam masala is a flavour mix like curry powder, however without the cumin or caraway. The mix of flavours will rely upon the culinary specialist and the formula, much the same as curry powder. It ordinarily contains dark pepper, fennel, cinnamon, clove and cardamom and now and again mace and nutmeg. It is broadly utilized in Indian cooking and includes profound, rich flavour. It is generally included in the finish of cooking. Attempt it in this Indian fried egg dish, Egg Bhurji.


Ginger gives a sweet and fiery flavour to an assortment of sweet and exquisite dishes. Dried ginger has an unexpected flavour in comparison to new ginger. Ginger is known for its utilization in heated merchandise, gingerbread, spice treats, soda and ginger lager, yet in addition delightful in flavorful dishes like soups and stews like Spicy Chicken and Squash Stew, curries, Asian sautés, meats and natural product compotes. Ginger is basic in Asian and Southeast Asian foods.


Mace is the red covering of the nutmeg seed. It tastes and smells like a stronger version of nutmeg, and is slightly more bitter. Mace is used to flavour all kinds of foods including baked products, potatoes, cream sauces and sausage. Mace is common in East Indian cooking.


Nutmeg has a warm, spicy and sweet flavour. It can be used in sweet dishes like spiced baked goods, custards, eggnog and on fruits. It can also be paired with vegetables for savoury dishes, like this Broccoli and Mushroom Quiche. Like mace, nutmeg is common in East Indian cooking.

paprika, hot paprika and spicy paprikaPaprika

Paprika is made from special kinds of sweet orange and red peppers, which are dried and ground. It can be mild to hot, depending on the variety. Paprika goes well with eggs, rice, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, sauces, roast meats and poultry. Paprika is common in Spanish, South American and Hungarian cooking. Try it in Rutabaga Fries.


Turmeric has a warm and earthy flavour. It is used to add both flavour and colour (a bright yellow) to foods and is common to Indian and Caribbean cuisines. You’ll most often find turmeric added to curries and pickled foods. Try it in Cauliflower Lentil Rice Bake.

Buy and keep spices properly to maintain their freshness

To get the most smell and flavour out of spices, get them in little amounts and go through them rapidly. On the off chance that conceivable, take a stab at pounding entire spices as opposed to getting them prepackaged to get the most flavour. You can granulate them with a mortar and pestle or electric espresso processor. Store entire and ground spices in sealed shut compartments in a cool, dim spot for as long as a half year.

Notable line:

Spices can add new flavours and aromas to your cooking without added fat, sodium or calories. Experiment with the different spices to see what you like best. A moderate quantity is recommended. And also buy quality products from traders like Muziris Traders. And store the spices in a dry area.

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