Spice Up Your Pantry With These 5 Must-Have Ingredients
- Gatika Pal
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Let us take you through the world of basic Indian spices that can make your dish divine.
Ingredients are the foundation of any dish. They can transform any simple dish into a tasty meal. While an inappropriate amount of some spices can spoil a dish, the right choice can spice up the flavor. If you are a novice at cooking and want to have an idea of the staple spices that are used in an Indian kitchen, you have reached the right place. Let us take you through the world of basic Indian spices.
A pinch of salt is a basic foundation of every dish and for some beverages too. Ever thought of a portion of food without salt? We know, you can't. Well, that's actually what we were trying to say. While the unavailability of this kitchen ingredient in a dish can ruin your entire mood of having it, too much salt can also make the food uneatable and unhealthy too.
These small nutty spices naturally add flavors to any vegetable or curry. The seeds are also associated with numerous health benefits. From improving digestive health to controlling blood sugar levels and helping in weight loss, cumin seeds help in ways you cannot even imagine.
3. Black pepper
These tiny pops are really spicy. A pinch of black pepper can pop up the flavors. There are various ways of using it. You can add black pepper to a bowl of warm soup, your favorite Italian dish, which is pasta, or even to salads. Black pepper has medicinal properties too.
Amchur can be used as a dry substitute for lemon and lime. Its tanginess can give a peculiar taste to your dish. Also known as dry mango powder amchur can offer a refreshing kick to your taste buds and your meal.
5. Asafetida (Hing)
Hing is one of the healthiest spices you can use. It is good for digestion and therefore provides relief from medical issues including bloating, abdominal pain, etc. Even a pinch of hing can enhance the flavour of any dish. We suggest you keep it in an airtight container at room temperature as moisture affects the taste.