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Spices are the soul of cooking. Right choices of spices can uplift the presentation of a dish and transform their taste as well as texture. Here are some of the best spices that can infuse best flavors in the food.
Cumin possesses intense taste and aroma. They can be added as whole seeds while tempering the dishes or also in the roasted and powdered form.
Ginger is a well known spice worldwide. It comes in the form of fresh ginger root and is also dried to make it powder. Fresh ginger can be used in multiple ways as in – grated form, julienne form etc. Ginger works best when mixed with wet ingredients. It adds a tangy flavor to soups, vegetable stew, chicken broth, purees etc. Ginger can also be added to various kinds of sauces and marinades.
Cinnamon is loaded with rich flavor. Expert chefs use cinnamon as a sugar replacement in meat, sauces, and vegetable dishes. Add a small stem of cinnamon to barbecues sauces or add a dash of its powdered form to salad dressing for its authentic and rich aroma. Do not use excess of cinnamon or it may bring in bitter taste.
Cardamom is a wonder spice that carries the goodness of vital nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. Cardamom can be added as a whole pod or in the powdered form. Powdered cardamom is used to infuse flavor in tea, rice, stews and sweets.
- Chili Peppers
Chili peppers contain plant-derived compounds and can prevent disease. They are easily available as whole peppers (dried) and in powdered form. Hot chili peppers are used as a delicious condiment with sauces and soups. They can be stuffed, sautéed and roasted as per the recipe of the dish.
Turmeric is a medicinal spice that is yellow in color. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and makes the immune system works better. Regular addition of a pinch or two of turmeric powder to daily food brings many health benefits.
Caraway seeds are full of healthy vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. These seeds render a rich aromatic flavor to foods along with goodness of minerals like calcium, iron potassium.
- Black Pepper
This is a crispy and a versatile spice that adds heat and aroma to any kind of salty dish. Coarsely grounded black pepper is commonly added to salads, meats, rice, soups etc.
Coriander seeds when planted become cilantro herb. Dried and grounded coriander seeds render a unique citrus flavor to dishes and balance the tangy flavor.
Cloves are slightly sweet and strongly aromatic spice. They render strong flavor to dishes when added whole or in grounded form. Due to its strong and concentrated flavor, it is used in small quantity.
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