Spice is the soul of Indian food. They play a very significant role not only as a food but also as a medicinal value. Many spices have medicinal importance as well, making them an important part of Indian food. They are easily available at the supermarket near me. Either you go and buy them physically or order online, the choice is yours.
Here are some spices along with their importance
Star anise is widely used not only in Indian food but also in Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines, mainly used in the dishes like rice and curries. It is the rich source of two main ingredients namely, linalool, an essential oil and Vitamin C that protects against cellular damage.
Ajwain is mainly used as a medicine and is great medicine for digestion related issues. Though it has a quite bitter taste, it is generally used to cure stomach related problems and tooth pain-related issues. It is a rich source of fibre, protein and calcium. You can easily get them at a supermarket near me.
Basil leaves are generally used in preparing curries giving them a beautiful look. In a medical context, it offers a strong immune system, proper digestion and reduces diabetes issues, anti-inflammatory, skin problems. It is also good for a healthy gut and manages depression and anxiety too.
Bah leaves a is widely used in preparing curry, meat mutton, seafood, fish, soup, stews, sauces etc. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is not eaten rather it is used only as a supportive ingredient. You can easily find it at grocery shop near me.
Cardamom is of two types- one is black and the second is light green cardamom. It is used since ancient times to cure digestive problems. Most importantly, it is widely used in many Indian savory dishes. It has a little sweet taste and its warm smell increase the flavour of any food. It is widely used in the dishes like curry and rice. Cardamom is a good source of antioxidants, have cancer-fighting compounds, is anti-inflammatory, etc. It fights digestive problems and treat infections.
It is a rich source of fibre, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus vitamins B1, B2 and B3. It is used in drinking water pudding, smoothies, toppings, cereals, salad, etc.
Available in the grocery shop near me, black pepper is the most common spice. It is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and good for brain growth, works for blood sugar control, lower cholesterol levels. It also has cancer-fighting properties, works for pain and other issues. It is used in almost all Indian food.