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6 Spices Needed for Cooking Authentic Indian Food

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 8:45 PM

According to One Green Planet, turmeric is a must-have spice for your kitchen cabinet if you're going to cook Indian food and indulge in the flavors of India. However, there are five (5) more spices which you must also keep handy. They are: saffron, ginger, cumin, coriander, and cardamon.

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If you shop online for grocery and gourmet products, all of the spices named can be purchase by way of this spice shop.

Indian spices
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Posted on March 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Cardamom was used by ancient Greeks, then the Romans, throughout the Middle Ages and up to the present time.  The spice is mentioned in historical texts of India.  There was no shortage of information on the history of this spice.

PLANT CULTURES - Cardamom history

Cardamom grows wild in Kerala. India has a long history of both use and trade in cardamom as a flavouring and medicine. Until the 19th century, ...

FOOD HISTORY: History of Cardamom

Dec 19, 2008 ... History of Cardamom Cardamom was an article of Greek trade during the fourth century B.C. The inferior grades were known as amomon; ...

The Rich History of Cardamom - From the 4th century BC to Today

Chewed by the Romans, used as perfume by the ancient Greeks, the History of Cardamom goes all the way back to the 4th century BC.

#1 Bestseller - Spicy World Corriander Seeds

Cardamom Powder/Ground 3.5oz

More Cardamon products from Spicy World



Posted on March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Fun food fact: The coriander plant is actually named from the ancient Greek Koris, a bug!

The unattractive name can be attributed to the disagreeable odor of the foliage and other green parts. The scientific name actually translates into "cultivated buggy-smelling plant."



Ground Coriander Tin

Whole Coriander Seed Tin

This seed, whether in whole or ground form has a lemony citrus flavor and can be described as warm, nutty, spicy and orange-flavored.

Favorite dishes using Coriander: Moroccan Tagine, Roasted Acorn Squash, Chutney, Cranberry Apple Muffins.

Whole and Ground Coriander should keep it's peak flavor for about six months.

SPICE Spotlight: Cumin

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Name Origin: Cumin has several different possible name origins, many coming from Arabic words due to the spice's history in Persia. The oldest reference relates to the Sumarian word gamun. We have more on the history of cumin.



Ground Cumin Tin

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Whole Cumin Seed Tin

Used throughout the world, cumin has a distinctive flavor and aroma. Essential to Indian, Southwestern, Cuban, Middle-Eastern and Mexican cuisine.

Favorite dishes using Cumin: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Chile Con Carne, Vegetarian Chile, Lamb Couscous, Hummus, Cuban Roast Pork, Chicken Biriyani, Lentil Soup.

Whole Cumin Seed is best when used within a year.

Ground Cumin should keep it's peak flavor for about six months.

SPICE Spotlight: Ginger

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Did you know that ginger, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper and saffron are considered aphrodisiacs?

Learn more: Aphrodisiacs Found in Kitchen Herbs and Spices

Powdered Ginger Tin

Our Indian-originated powdered ginger is great for Asian cuisine, baking and desserts.

Favorite dishes using Ginger: Ginger Snap cookies, Mango Chutney, Teriyaki Sauce, Molasses Cookies, Carrot Soup, Biriyani, Hawaiian Coleslaw, Carrot Cake.

Ginger should keep it's peak flavor for about one year.

SPICE Spotlight: Saffron

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Did you know that saffron is considered an aphrodisiac?

Mediterranean Red Saffron

Saffron is one the most precious spices in the world, and Greek saffron is considered among the world's best saffron because of its exceptional quality, intense flavor and seductive aroma.

The Gathering of Saffron Brand Pure Spanish Saffron 1oz (28grams)

Over 70,000 flowers are needed to produce 1 lb. of saffron. Saffron has been called "the king of spices" and the some of the finest saffron is grown in Valencia, Spain.

SPICE Spotlight: Turmeric

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The exact origin of turmeric is unknown, but it has been used in India for over 2000 years.

Read more:  History of Turmeric

Turmeric powder
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Turmeric Tin

This spice is a major ingredient in Indian food. It is often used as a coloring agent, but has numerous health benefits.

Favorite dishes using Turmeric: Lentil Soup, Most Curry Powders, Chutney, Chickpea Salad, Lamb Tagine.

Turmeric should keep its peak flavor for about two years.



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