Turmeric is an Indian spice, bright yellow in colour and is used in both south and north Indian cooking. Known for its fragrant and slightly bitter taste, turmeric is a typical culinary zest in Indian food. Turmeric also comes in liquid extract, capsule and powder forms. It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6. The wide range of turmeric health benefits come mainly from its ingredient, curcumin. This widely researched component of turmeric is highly therapeutic and is used in various drugs and pharmaceutics mainly because of its immunity boosting and anti-oxidant properties.
Grounded from coriander seeds, coriander powder is an essential condiment in the Indian cuisine. Very few dishes can be made without the touch of coriander powder. It has a pleasing aroma and savours. Coriander seed is a spice in garam masala. They are the main ingredient of the two south Indian dishes sambhar and rasam. It also helps to alleviate gas and aids digestion. It detoxes the body from heavy chemicals like lead, arsenic mercury etc.
Cumin, known as ‘Jeera’ in India, boasts a number of important nutrients that can help keep you healthy. Because of its strong aroma, only a small amount of cumin is used in recipes to provide these with a powerful punch. Cumin is known for the benefits it offers, more than its taste or flavour, as it helps in losing weight, improving digestion and immunity, and treating skin disorders, boils, piles, insomnia and respiratory disorders.
Tamarind paste is made from the ripe fruit of the tamarind tree it has a sour and acidic taste. Tamarind pulp is used in many culinary Indian creations. The tamarind kernel powder is extensively used too. Tamarind is a very valuable commodity in the world because of its nutritional components. These include a significant level of vitamin C, E, and B, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and dietary fibre. There are also a number of organic compounds that make tamarind a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
5. Red chilli powder
Red chilli powder or cayenne pepper (paprika) adds a spicy kick to Indian food and is known as the “king of all spices”. It is used as a spice to add pungency or piquancy and flavour to dishes. Chili powder is actually a fairly healthy seasoning, with significant amounts of several beneficial nutrients. Chili powder contains sufficient amount of vitamin ‘A’ which fulfils one’s daily intake. Besides, it contributes to the maintenance of eyesight and takes care of bones, teeth, skin, internal membranes and reproductive systems. It is an excellent antioxidant.