The Teekha Factor: Spices That Make Your Food Hotter

The Teekha Factor: Spices That Make Your Food Hotter

Go beyond the red chilli powder and experiment with the flavour profiles of other spices in your pantry to make your food spicier.

Taking care of your spices

Taking care of your spices

A spice is a plant product that has aromatic properties and is used to season foods. By and large, most spices are obtained from seeds – fenugreek seeds, nutmeg, nigella seeds, cumin, mustard, etc. Along with the seeds, some spices come from the bark such as cinnamon, the fruit such as pepper, and leaves like bay leaf.

Indian alternatives to International Spices

Indian alternatives to International Spices

What would our meals be like without spices? Imagine having to eat tasteless bland food, day after day; no salt and pepper to dust over our fries, no chaat masala to sprinkle over our sev puri, and no chili flakes over the pizza!

Garam Masala – A Power Packed Spice Blend

Garam Masala – A Power Packed Spice Blend

Garam masala – the classic spice blend that makes Indian dals, stews, subzis and biryanis come to life! This warm and earthy spice blend lends your dish bags of flavour and gives it an authenticity. What’s more, the impeccable amalgamation of spices and condiments heightens your cooking style, provides a whole host of surprising health benefits and saves loads of time too.

Spicing Up Your Chai

Spicing Up Your Chai

Have you ever wondered how our everyday chai tends to taste different in each home, restaurant or roadside stall? Along with the difference in the tea leaves that are used, there are many things that contribute to making a cup of chai the elixir that it is. The technique of making tea, amount of sweetener, and the herbs and spices that are used to enhance the flavour of tea all contribute to its tastes.
The Magic Of Tadka

The Magic Of Tadka

The aroma of a sizzling tadka is enough to provoke hunger pangs and set the mood for a delicious meal. Tempering, as it is known in the western world, is a simple technique that transforms every dish, making it irresistible. Sometimes, tadka is the first step of the dish and many times, it is the very last step acting like a garnish.
How Real Are Your Spices?

How Real Are Your Spices?

Spices enliven your tastebuds and make your dish come alive! Additionally, they provide an extraordinary list of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, essential oils, vitamins and minerals which are vital for good health. They lend a rich flavour to our recipes without adding any calories, sugar and they proffer potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties! Thus, it is very vital that you opt for the best and genuine spices.
A Deeper Look at Indian Spices with Luke Coutinho

A Deeper Look at Indian Spices with Luke Coutinho

Let’s imagine a typical spice box that’s commonly found in Indian households. It’s full of vibrant colours, aromas, and tastes. Containing spices like turmeric, jeera (cumin), ajwain (carom seeds), heeng (asafoetida), black pepper, clove, elaichi (cardamom), and many more, this spice box is a complete medicine kit, too. These spices, apart from making our daily meals delicious, can also take care of our immunity, digestion, gut health, acidity, inflammation, pains, metabolism, fat-loss, blood sugar management, lipid control, blood pressure, etc.
Spices that Can Keep You Warm In Winter

Spices that Can Keep You Warm In Winter

Once winter sets in, it’s not always enough to wrap yourself in a blanket! You need to warm yourself from inside out. Condiments and spices have been used in our culture for culinary as well as medicinal reasons. Warm spices such as pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and coriander partner beautifully with most Indian recipes as well as spice blends - garam masala, biryani masala, paneer masala and curry powder. In fact, spices have a stellar role to play in all Indian dishes. What’s more, the health benefits of spices are also noteworthy.

The Ayurvedic wisdom locked into different seasonal spices

The Ayurvedic wisdom locked into different seasonal spices

Our dietary patterns match seasons is not really news to us. Traditionally, we have eaten food which cools us down during the summers, and gives us warmth during winters. This pattern can also be mapped to spices. To understand what kind of spices we should use during the different seasons, we need to first understand our seasons and the benefits of spices better. Our seasons can be broadly categorised into two phases, Visarga Kala and Adana Kala. Visarga Kala has three seasons: Varsha, Sharad and Hemanth. The season extends from the monsoon through autumn to early winter. Adana Kala meanwhile starts with the cold late winter of Shishira, moves into the spring season of Vasantha and ends with the hot summer season – Grishma.

Keeping your spices fresh & flavourful

Keeping your spices fresh & flavourful

Spices are the soul of Indian food. Irrespective of cuisines or type of food, spices add flavour, aroma and a distinct touch to every dish. Each Indian household has a set of spices that are used every day. At the same time, there are spices or spice blends which are not used as regularly. As spices are used in small quantities, each packet also tends to last for a long time. The potency of any spice can get compromised if it is not stored properly. Keeping spices in the open makes them lose freshness and makes it susceptible to insects.

7 Magical Spices As Per Ayurveda

7 Magical Spices As Per Ayurveda

Spices have very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that they are capable of helping us deal with chronic diseases, perking up metabolism and work towards good health. The science of Ayurveda states that though spices are usually seen as aromatics and taste enhancers, most of them hold a valuable key to disease prevention.