5 Amazing Indian Spices: Exploring India

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                                   By Vaishnavi Srivastava

India is a land of culture, art, and taste! It won’t be wrong to say that there is no cuisine as full of a variety of flavours as Indian cuisine. What’s the magical thing behind this? Spices. You got it right!

Indian spices are not only full of taste and flavours but are also packed with some of the most essential properties that help us to stay fit and treat innumerable diseases. I take pride in saying that not only Indians but our spices are extremely popular in the West as well and people cannot stop drooling over their goodness. 

Having said that, let’s go ahead and explore what all amazing properties these 5 Indian spices have hidden in them! 

1. Cloves 

Do you ever wonder what gives that beautiful aroma and essence to your pot of curry or your biryani on the table? It’s this wonderful spice that is used largely in the preparation of almost all masalas and curries cooked in Indian households. This adds a pinch of warmth to your food and is enriched with antioxidants and helps reduce the risk of several diseases such as cancers, heart diseases, diabetes, etc. 

2. Fennel

Are you also someone who loves to have a teaspoon of fennel with a hint of rock sugar to refresh your palate after dinner? Well, if your answer is a Yes, then you are not only lucky enough to enjoy the wonderful taste of the fennel but are also helping your digestive system to do its job in a smoother manner. 

Fennel works wonders in digesting food, reducing bloating, and serves as a primary ingredient in several traditional recipes. 

3. Turmeric 

Since childhood, we all have been told to drink haldi-dudh (milk with turmeric) at night as it is enriched with anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing body aches and repair damaged cells. Apart from being a chief ingredient to be used in almost all curries, turmeric is a great source of antibiotic that protects the body from several infections and diseases. 

4. Cumin

If you are someone who has interest in cooking, you must know that cumin seeds are probably one of the first spices that are used in almost all the veggies and curries. Not only that, cumin seeds are also used for frying rice in Indian households and trust me guys, it is one of the best combinations to have with a bowl of Rajma or Chhola! 

Packed with antioxidants and having anticancer properties, cumin helps in balancing the blood sugar level, cholesterol, diarrhea, helps in weight loss, and a lot more!

5. Saffron 

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What if I tell you that saffron is said to be even more valuable than gold? Don’t believe it? Well, this is true! Saffron, which grows in the lands of Kashmir, is one of the most expensive spices in the entire world! 

Saffron just like all the other spices is enriched with a lot of goodness! From being able to help with PMS symptoms, to acting as an aphrodisiac, having cancer-fighting properties- and the list goes on. Saffron is worth every penny we pay for it!

These are the 5 magical Indian spices! We will come back with Part 2 of this and will unveil the goodness of another 5 Indian spices for you! 

Do let us know which one is your favourite spice and why!

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