At India Restaurant we sincerely believe in spicing up your lives! Today we shall share with you the common health benefits of the five spices most generously used in Indian households.
- Turmeric (or, haldi in Hindi) is probably the most commonly used spice in Indian food. It not only adds to the subtle flavour of the food but also gives it a distinct colour. Turmeric has proven anti-inflammatory properties and is also an active antioxidant. It is usually used in the powdered form.
- Cumin (or, zeera in Hindi) is used in more Indian dishes than it is not. Cumin, used in the powdered or seed form, promotes digestion and is a good source of iron for the body.
- Ginger (or, adrak in Hindi) is sometimes used in Indian food in the powdered form. However, more frequently, the bulbs of ginger are peeled and chopped into thin slices; the shredded ginger is then added to the food; sometimes, the peeled and sliced ginger is dried and consumed later, directly. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can, therefore, bring relief to aching muscles and swollen joints. It is also known to cure nausea, alleviate menstrual cramps, and help with common cold and other minor respiratory problems.
- Saffron (or, kesar in Hindi) is not used for everyday cooking but is a definite investment in more lavish treats like biryani, and several rich meat dishes (as also their vegetarian alternatives). Saffron is known to treat cold and also has certain aphrodisiac properties, stimulating one’s sex drive; which is why it is often added to a glass of warm milk and consumed before one goes to bed at night.
- Mustard Seeds (or, sarson in Hindi) is used generously in most South Indian dishes and in some North Indian preparations too. They are a good source of dietary fibre, can help with arthritis, and blood pressure problems because of the presence of nutrients like copper, iron, magnesium, and selenium in these little seeds.
So, go ahead, and spice up your dishes and your life. Or, come over to India Restaurant for your daily dose of spices. What’s stopping you?