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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,

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SPICE SPOTLIGHT: Cardamom

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.


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SPICE SPOTLIGHT: Coriander

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."


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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.

 


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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



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SPICE Spotlight: Saffron

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Did you know that saffron is considered an aphrodisiac?


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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

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