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10 Benefits of Indian Spices you would have never guessed

Indian Spices are world renowned which in turn makes us the largest exporter of Spices in the world. There are lots of spices grown in India, and all of them have their own benefits. These spices present in Indian kitchens help in delivering desired Indian taste, whats more these spices can also help in curing sickness. Their set of health benefits is large, so let’s look at some of the healthiest spices in our kitchens which we never realised.

Turmeric (Haldi)

Haldi is by far, the most useful, healthy and beneficial spice ever to exist. The turmeric powder gives flavor to Indian cuisine and curries. Not only that, it has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties, so you can apply the paste on your skin for glow, and drink it with milk for the results. It is great anti-oxidant and helps in fighting cancer. It also cleanses the liver and detoxicate the body

Asafoetida (Heeng)

It is pungent smelling spice, used in very small quantities, to add taste, flavor, and aroma to the Indian curries. The main use is to help in digestion of heavy Indian food. The famous Khatti meethi dal borrows its taste from heeng. Apart from digestion, it also helps in treating asthma and coughs

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

It is the most common spices in the kitchen and added in almost every Indian recipe. The iconic taste of jeera comes into the dish if fried with oil before making the recipe. Jeera helps in digestion, hence, is a major ingredient of Jaljeera, an Indian drink. It also boosts the immune system and pain relief, especially the stomach.

Ginger (Adhrak)

Ginger is used in Indian recipes as a flavor and taste adding spice. But it’s uses are not only limited to that. It is great sore throat reliever when added in tea. It also helps in blood regulation, Pain reliever, and common cold

Cardamom (Elaichi)

It’s used in flavoring various iconic dishes like biryani and kheer. It also adds taste to tea. Elaichi has common benefits like eliminating bad breath if eaten alone. It has similar health benefits to Ginger

Black Pepper (Kaali Mirch)

This hot spice is used in adding the Scoville heat units to the food. The mixture of Coriander seeds, jeera, and black pepper is usually added to Indian recipes, known as Garam Masala. It has lot of benefits, like treating constipation, diarrhoea, earache, and gangrene. It is also helpful in preventing heart diseases.

 

Cloves (Laung)

This spice has unique sweet, mint-like, warm taste, which increases the flavors in tea. It is also used in different curries and chutneys. They have healing properties and good for upset stomach.

 

Saffron (Kesar)

The spice is widely used in adding flavor to Indian sweet dishes like kheer, payasam, and sewian. It improves digestion and appetite. It is usually referred to spice gold of India, due to exotic taste and flavor.

 

Sage (Tulsi)

It is a holy plant according to Hindu Mythology and was often present at the open area of the house. It is highly beneficial spice, and its leaves are used in Tea. The dry seeds are used in various pickles and curries. It cures cold, sore throat, detoxicates the body and helps in improving memory.

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