Spices

Tempering is the cooking process where you heat whole or ground spices in hot oil, before adding them to a dish to release its flavor .

Tempering

Tempering is the cooking process where you heat whole or ground spices in hot oil, before adding them to a dish to release its flavor .

Mustard

The seeds are roasted until the pop to avoid bitterness. It adds Aromatic rustic taste and fragrance to the dish.
They are used as whole spice, powder or in form mustard oil in Indian Cuisine.

Cumin

It has nutty flavor and adds a punch to the dish. It’s a key ingredients in making a curry powder. In Sanskrit, cumin is known as Jira “that which helps digestion”. In southern Indian states, such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu, a popular drink called Jira water is made by boiling cumin seeds

Chilli(dry red/green)

Gives a spice kick to the curry. The dried red chili is one of the key ingredients in the curry powder. It can be used as fresh or dried, whole or powdered form.

Curry leaves

Curry leaves are the shiny, dark green, aromatic that release a deliciously nutty aroma when fried in hot oil. A staple of South Indian cooking.

Ways of using Spices

  • Milder form as a tempering ingredients to release aroma.
  • Roasted and powder form – adds richness to and flavor to the dish with over powering.

Cassia Bark

The spice made from the bark of East Asian evergreen trees. It is one of the key ingredients in the curry powder like, garam masala. Widely used in Meat dishes.

Cloves

They are renowned for providing their uniquely warm, sweet and aroma to the dish. It is one of the key ingredients in the curry powder like, garam masala, masala chai. Health benefits, include providing aid in digestion. Widely used in Meat dishes.

Green Cardamom

It is one of the key ingredients in the curry powder like, garam masala, masala chai. It can be used as whole or powdered form.

Bay leaf

Indian bay leaf or malabathrum is somewhat similar in appearance to the leaves of bay laurel, but is culinary quite different, having a fragrance and taste similar to cinnamon (cassia) bark, but milder. You can replace with the regular bay leaf which works just fine.

Star Anise

Star anise is shaped like an eight-pointed star and contains seeds with an aniseed flavor,

Fennel Seeds

Dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavored spice, brown or green in color when fresh, slowly turning a dull grey as the seed ages.

Black Cardamom

Black cardamom has a distinctly Smokey, though not bitter, aroma, with a coolness some consider similar to mint.


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