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Scientists have been working in understanding why Indian food is so rich in flavors, aroma and nutrition? India is a country of diverse cultures and land of spices. The answer lies right here where amalgamation of two has given Indian cuisine its top rank on taste buds - yum - yum!

Heart of Indian cooking is in its spices and aromatics which have been in use since ancient times. Natural ingredients like the flower, bark, leaves, roots, seeds and bulbs are used in endless combinations to produce infinite variety of flavors: sharp, sweet, sour, hot, aromatic, spicy, mild, tart, fragrant or pungent. They add flavor and nutrients to dishes without fat or calories.

Indian spices not only offer significant health benefits but also contributes towards individual’s healthy life.Did you know that Indian spices have medicinal properties too?? Ayurveda (traditional hindu system of medicine / science of natural remedies) incorporates many of these spices for its healing and magical qualities.

Click on Indian spices page to learn about health benefits of these spices.
Asafoetida ( Hing) | Bay Leaf (tej patta) | Cardamom (elaichi) | Cayenne pepper (lal mirchi) | Chillies (mirchi) | Cilantro (dhaniya) | Cinnamon (dalchini) | Cloves (luong) | Coriander seeds (dhaniya seeds) | Cumin (jeera) | Curry leaves (kadi patta) | Fennel (saunf) | Fenugreek (kasuri methi) | Garam masala | Garlic (lahsun)| Ginger (adrak) | Mango Powder (amchur) | Mint (pudina) | Mustard seeds (Rai) | Nutmeg and mace (Jaiphal and javetri) | Onion seeds (kalonji) | Oreango (ajwain) | Paprika | Peppercorns (kali mirchi) | Saffron (zaffran) | Tamarind (Imli) | Turmeric (haldi) |

Asafoetida ( Hing)
  • Also called as devil’s dung

  • Distinctive and pungent spice

  • Aids in digestion

  • Anti-flatulence property

Bay Leaf (tej patta)
  • Detoxify the body

  • Slow the aging process

  • Improve heart health

Cardamom (elaichi)
  • Pleasant aroma

  • Sweet, lemony, eucalyptus flavor

  • One of the expensive spices

  • Cures indigestion, anorexia, burning sensation and asthama

Cayenne pepper (lal mirchi)
  • High content of beta carotene

Chillies (mirchi)
  • Good source of manganese

  • Assists in new red blood cell formation

  • Increase in iron

Cilantro (dhaniya)
  • Distinctive bitter sweet taste

  • Aromatic

  • Anti-oxidants

  • Essential oils

  • Fiber

Cinnamon (dalchini)
  • Most delicious and healthiest spices

  • Help fight common cold

  • Lower blood sugar

  • Reduce heart disease risk factors

Cloves (luong)
  • Anti-oxidant

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-flatulent

Coriander seeds (dhaniya seeds)
  • Aids digestion

  • Lower blood sugar

  • Decrease blood pressure

  • Improve cholesterol levels

Cumin (jeera)
  • Aids digestion

  • Improves immunity

  • Insomnia

  • Respiratory disorders

Curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • Aromatic

  • Fights infections

  • Packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, Vit A,B,C and E

Fennel (saunf)
  • Aromatic

  • Anti-flatulence

  • Indigestion

  • Mouth freshner

Fenugreek (kasuri methi)
  • Adds flavor

  • Aids liver and gastric functions

  • Fights against cholesterol

  • Anti-diabetic

Garam masala
  • Mixture of ground spices (varies per recipes) :cloves, cardamom, cumin, peppercons, cinnamon and bay leaves

  • Builds immunity

  • Effective pain killer

  • Slows aging process

  • Promotes weight loss

  • Increases ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and proteins

Garlic (lahsun)
  • Purifies blood

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Helps cure heart ailments

Ginger (adrak)
  • Fight common cold

  • Powerful medicinal

  • Reduce muscle pain and soreness

Mango Powder (amchur)
  • Sweet, sour and lemony taste

  • Stimulated detoxification

  • Boosts digestion

  • Keeps heart healthy

Mint (pudina)
  • Pungent as well as refreshing

  • Promotes disgestion

  • Nausea, headache

  • Mouth freshner

Mustard seeds (Rai)
  • Rich source of minerals

Nutmeg and mace (Jaiphal and javetri)
  • Nutty, warm and slightly sweet

  • Relieves pain

  • Soothes indigestion

  • Detoxification

Onion seeds (kalonji)
  • Rich in calcium, fiber, iron and potassium

Oreango (ajwain)
  • Improves digestion

  • Relieves cough, asthama

  • Eases arthritic pain

  • Bright red colour and sweet flavor

  • Rich in vitamin A, E, B-6

  • Iron

  • Capsaicin

Peppercorns (kali mirchi)
  • Anti-bacterial

  • Rich source of manganese, iron, potassium

  • Vit C, K and fiber

Saffron (zaffran)
  • Most expensive spice

  • 150 volatile compounds like carotenoids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals

Tamarind (Imli)
  • Eases stomach discomfort

  • Aids digestion

Turmeric (haldi)
  • Contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties

  • Acts as anti-oxidant

  • Lowers risk of brain diseases like Alzheimers

  • Lowers risk of heart disease

  • Help prevent cancer

  • Reduces liver toxins

  • Helps liver metabolizes fat this aids in weight loss


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