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Know Your Spice Racks

Spices we all use spices every day while cooking makes our food tasty and delicious but do not know many facts, I am trying here to give is the short introduction and health benefits about some spices.

ANISEED / FENNEL SEED It is a fruit plant of the parsley family. It has a sweet, delightful liquorice flavour. It is grown in India, Pakistan, China, Mexico etc.used in various dishes like cheese, curries, pickles, rolls, cakes, biscuits. It has much medicinal value excellent for asthma, cough, digestion, bloating, nausea much more.
BASIL It is a herb which has a mild and sweet flavour. Its use in various ways to treat cold and cough. Also referred as ‘Tulsi’
BAY LEAVES It is the leaf of the common laurel tree.
CARDAMOM It is a fruit of a tree like a plant. The seeds within the pod are used. It has a strong sweetish flavour. Small ones are better flavoured. and versatile qualities are such that it’s  for medicinal purposes, and cooking the vegetables, curries, rice dish as well as sweet dishes. It is one spice which used in all delicacies of a one-course menu to ten courses menu.
CINNAMON Thin inner bark of the Cinnamon tree, it has sweet fragrant with a sweet taste; found in Sri Lanka, East India.
CHILI POWDER chilies are dried and powdered and hot, red in colour. Kashmiri chilli gives colour and not hot. It is grown extensively in India. Used in various preparations to enhance the taste and colour.
CLOVES  Clove is obtained from dried flower heads of the clove tree. They are a native of Zanzibar but also grown in East Indies and West Indies.
FENUGREEK SEEDS It is grown in European countries and in India. Its fresh leaves and used as a leafy vegetable and the seeds used in various preparations of curries.
GARLIC It is a bulb that has several cloves, all enclosed in one membranous skin. It is stimulating. use for different dishes for cheese, pizza, curries, meat, sauces etc.
GINGER The stem and root have a hot flavour. It is grown in India and Jamaica. Apart from providing taste in food items it also carries a lot of medicinal properties.
MINT It is a leaf herb has pleasant aroma flavour. It helps in better digestion.
MUSTARD It is a powerful spice used as table condiment with lots of therapeutic uses also.
NUTMEG & MACE It is the seed of nutmeg tree, which dried into the mace. It is extensively grown in Holland, East Indies and Kashmir. It’s one of the most important medicinal properties is that its consumption in minute amounts induces sleep.
PAPRIKA It is a dried and ground red in colour. used in several delicacies of Indian as well as continental and Italian cuisines.
It is a green leaf herb. It is rich in Vitamin ‘A’ & ‘C’. Celery and broad parsley leaves are easily available.
PEPPER It is black and white berries of the pepper plant. It improves flavour and used as a table condiment.
POPPY SEEDS Poppy seeds are acquire obtained from large poppy plants. The seeds contain very little opium. It is mainly used for the preparations for the different curries.
SAFFRON It is a dried stem of the flower of crocus plant. It is deep orange in colour and is very expensive. It is grown extensively in Mexico and India. It uses is a dish to enhance taste as well as colour. preparations as well as desserts.
THYME It is a cultivated fragrant leaf. It has many uses in the kitchen. used fresh or dry.
TURMERIC It comes from aromatic root or rhizome of a plant. It is grown in India and West Indies. It has a characteristic yellow colour. It is one of the best natural antiseptic available



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