Popular Indian Spices To Have In Your Pantry
Whether you love Indian cuisine, or you just love to cook new and exciting dishes for your family, you will need a well-stocked pantry containing some of the world’s most popular spices. And, if you plan on cooking your favourite Indian dish, you will need some specialty spices that give Indian cuisine its distinct colours and spicy, sweet, tangy flavours.
Now, it might be difficult to find certain Indian spices in your local grocery store which means that you might have to find an online retailer that offers the freshest, most authentic Indian spices available.
With that being said let’s take a look at some of the most popular Indian spices to have in your pantry:
Cardamom- cardamom is an extraordinarily strong flavour that should be used sparingly in Indian cuisine such as chai, curries, and rice dishes.
Cinnamon- Ceylon cinnamon adds sweetness to savoury recipes and is antioxidant-rich and good for reducing cholesterol and stabilising blood-sugar levels.
Coriander- coriander is used as both a spice and a garnish in Indian cuisine. It has a nutty and fruity flavour.
Cumin- there are a lot of authentic Indian dishes that use cumin for its warm and earthy flavour.
Garam Masala- Garam masala is a blend of spices which can vary from cook to cook and region to region throughout India. It is almost always added to the pan near the end of cooking to add fragrance and flavour to the dish.
Ginger- fresh ginger can give a delicious, peppery flavour to Indian dishes and it should always be stored in the freezer to prevent it from spoiling.
Mustard Seeds- mustard seeds have a unique peppery flavour and they are used to flavour soups and vegetables.
Spicy Red Chile Pepper- adding heat and flavour to Indian cuisine is easy with chile peppers. Spicy red chile peppers are used in a wide range of curries.
Turmeric- turmeric is a vivid yellow spice which gives Indian dishes their distinctive colour. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to add flavour and colour to curries.
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