Know Your Spices and Herbs

By      04-Nov 2019       Reading Time: 7 Mins

Know Your Spices and Herbs

Cooking is incomplete without aromatic spices and herbs which gives the real flavor to the food! Whether it’s a dash of cumin powder or a sprinkle of yellow-golden turmeric- all of it puts in the desired Indian flavor in the dishes. Well, adding flavors to the dished isn’t the only job, herbs and spiced does. There’s even more that can give boost to your health. There are chock-full of nutritional benefits offered by herbs and spices. Here’s the list telling you about all the important herbs and spices have a look!

Turmeric (haldi)
Bioactive compounds in turmeric including curcumin can lower risk of heart and brain-related diseases.

Star Anise (chakriphool)
It contains shikimic acid that has strong antiviral properties and anthenol flavonoid that offers antifungal benefits.

Cloves (Laung)
Manganese is an essential mineral found in cloves that helps in maintaining brain health and building strong bones.

Saffron (kesar)
Saffron consist of antioxidants include crocin, picrocrocin, safranal which has anti-cancerous properties and also helps to reduce arthritis, PMS and Alzheimer’s.

Red chili (laal mirch)
Red chili is a rich source of vitamin C and consists of capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps in weight loss by reducing calorie intake.

Nutmeg (Jayphal)
Nutmeg is known to detoxify the liver, helps in relieving congestion, and also good for your Kidney.

Mint (Pudina)
Mint consists of menthol which is helpful in fighting sickness and nausea, just a quick sniff or a small intake of the leaf can relieve the uneasy feeling. Also improves digestive enzymes secretion, which in turn helps with digestion.

Mace (Javitri)
Mace has exceptionally high amount of copper and iron which is helpful in relieving congestion and flatulence.

Kalpasi (Stone flower)
Kalpasi tones up urinary tract and helps maintain body temperature and also improves digestion and helps suppress respiratory disorders.

Dry ginger powder(Sonth)
Dry ginger powder (Sonth) consists of gingerol which helps in relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.

Coriander seeds (Sukha dhania)
Coriander seed is rich in linalool which lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL). Also, have anti-septic properties which help to cure mouth ulcer.

Cinnamon (Dalchini)
Cinnamon consists of cinnamaldehyde which helps to decrease the blood sugar level as well as the cholesterol level and keep our heart healthy.

Charoli (Chironji)
Charoli seeds are rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B2 Vitamin C and also a good source of protein and fat and low in calories. It is used for healing cough, skin rashes, infertility, headache, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, and constipation.

Carom seeds (Ajwain)
Carom seed is good for fighting cold and also acts as an instant stomach pain reliever. It also helps in filtering and removing stones from the kidney.

Cardamom (Elaichi)
Cardamom is a rich source of the compound 1,8-cineole which helps in combating nausea, gas, increasing our appetite, and reducing heartburn.

Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)
Black Pepper consists of piperine which boosts our metabolism and helps our body to digest food properly. It also helps control heart rate and blood pressure and prevents cancer due to its antioxidant properties.

White Pepper (Safed Mirch)
White pepper works best for those suffering from loss of appetite as it enhances appetite and promotes healthy gut. It is also used to treat constipation as it supports large intestine peristalsis and accelerates metabolism.

Bay Leaf (Tej patta)
Bay Leaf consists of eucalyptol which helps in detoxification of our body, managing diabetes and also helpful for slowing the process of aging.

Asafoetida (Hing)
Asafoetida consists of resin which helps to treat different kinds of stomach related problems such as upset stomach, intestinal worms, intestinal gas, etc.

Dry mango powder (Amchoor)
Dry mango powder is used from ages to treat diarrhea, dysentery and urinary tract infections.

Cumin (Jeera)
Cumin is known to help in digestion of food, treat insomnia, good to have it when infected with common cold and also treats skin disorders.

Liquorice / Licorice (Mulethui)
Licorice known as sweet wood contains glycyrrhizin which has been used as a cough remedy and asthma treatment. Simply chewing on mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy for a sore throat

India has ample of spices and herbs so, suggest you add one or the other spice and herb in your daily meals and enjoy the flavor along with its nutritional benefits.

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