We’re sharing everything you need to know about India’s most popular spices. Discover flavour profiles, health benefits, and lots of authentic recipe ideas. In no time at all you’ll be craving cardamom and going nuts for ground turmeric. Once you find your favourites, it’s easy to mix in a little spice.
Dubbed the Queen of Spices, Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world (next to saffron and vanilla). Despite the high price tag, this spice that is indigenous to India is very popular.
Made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family, cardamom adds the flavours of lemon, mint, and smoke to many iconic Indian dishes.
The cardamom spice (available in both black and green) can be purchased in the form of pods, seeds, and ground. The pods can be added whole to recipes, or the individual seeds can be mixed in or ground with a pestle and mortar.
Aside from its rich and toasty aroma, cardamom is also considered to be one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its therapeutic properties. Some of which include:
Ginger is a widely popular spice that comes from the root of the ginger plant. It is used all throughout India and adds an aromatic flavour to dishes. This spice is also celebrated for its health benefits.
Fresh ginger is known for its powerful warming aroma and pungent flavour. The flavour of ginger is characterized by its unique combination of lemon and citrus but also embodies earthy notes.
Fresh ginger is often used in soups, stir fries, and even hot drinks. Ginger is also a great snack and is often pickled in vinegar. Ground and dried ginger, is more commonly used to bake pies, cakes, candies, and cookies.
This popular spice is known for its healing properties and exceptional health benefits. Some of which include:
Said to be one of the world’s most favoured spices, turmeric has long been a staple of Indian cooking. Over the last five years, there’s been a rise in functional food trends, as consumers are looking to eat healthier. In fact, turmeric is leading the health food trend with searches growing 300%.
Fresh turmeric is known for its potent smell and distinguished flavour. It can best be described with bitter notes of orange and ginger.
Turmeric can be purchased in root or powder form. Perfect to eat or drink, it can be added into smoothies, rice, soups, teas, curries, and more. There’s even liquid turmeric, which can be found in the supplement section of most grocery or drugstores.
Whether it’s for its unique taste or noted health benefits, turmeric is a spice that has, and will continue to play a role in Indian culture, cuisine, and beyond.