Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. Turmeric is an ancient spice, a native of South East Asia. It is still used in rituals of the Hindu religion, and as a dye for holy robes, being natural, unsynthesized and cheap. Turmeric is in fact one of the cheapest spices.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
Cumin seeds are naturally rich in iron. Valued for its distinctive aroma and nutritious flavour, cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper. Vitamin E present in abundance in cumin keeps the skin young and glowing. Not just for taste, but for the umpteen benefits it has for our body. Cumin is considered to be one of nature’s best overall body tonics. It helps in enhancing the rate of metabolism and facilitating the absorption of nutrients throughout the body.
Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)
Black Pepper: THE KING OF SPICES. Black pepper is one of the most widely used spices in the world. Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, known as a peppercorn, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. It is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin K, a very good source of copper and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, chromium and calcium.
Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)
Coriander is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is an important spice crop having a prime position in flavouring food. It is a brain tonic and improves memory with its high nutritional value and helps in treating diarrhoea.
Cloves are a kind of spice used in cuisines all over the world. It is an aromatic dried flower bud that is said to native to Indonesia. It has a strong taste and smell and is therefore, mostly used as a flavour in curries, or sweet dishes like fruits pies. You can also use it in the preparation of soups, barbeque sauces or to make pickles.
Makhanas are also known as fox nuts, Euryale ferox, lotus seeds, gorgon nuts and phool makhana. These seeds are often used in quite a few Indian sweets and savouries like kheer, raita or makhana curry, and are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack. In India, Makhanas are mostly produced in Bihar.
Cardamom is one of the world’s very ancient spices. It is native to the East originating in the forests of the western ghats in southern India, where it grows wild. Cardamom, rich in antioxidant and diuretic properties and can be helpful in lowering blood pressure and many other medical treatments like cancer.