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The Sheer Magic of Indian Spices

Updated on May 11, 2015

India has come a long way in all aspects ever since the time of its independence. One of those aspects is that the whole world has seen its flavors waft across oceans into a multitude of countries and cities within them.

This aspect is all the more visible in the fact that despite the city you are in, you are bound to find a fantastic Indian restaurant serving a host of mouth-watering Indian delicacies. Indian food with its myriad of dishes has satisfied the taste buds of millions across the world irrespective of their nationality.

For instance, there was once a time when the ‘raita’ enjoyed an Indian fan following. Today, it stands as a celebrity with fans from all over the world.

India is a land of many different cuisines and, therefore, many different varieties of recipes. However,the common factor present among all of them is the usage of spices. From Garlic to Fenugreek seeds;from the Cumin seed to the Fennel seed – The effervescent aroma of Indian dishes owe their existence of the usage of these spices.

Take for instance, the Black Pepper Fish, a popular Indian food which owes its awesomeness topeppercorns.

Butter Chicken with a jaw-dropping flavor due to Fenugreek seeds, Lamb Saag with a vested deliciousness owing to ginger and garlic, Fish Masala with its awesome sauté of crushed tomatoes,Fenugreek and black peppers…the list is endless!

Not a stand-alone country, albeit almost all major countries of the world today have Indian restaurants.The magic of spice has, therefore, become a global phenomenon!

This phenomenon has its roots embedded deep within history ever since the time Rogan Josh came from Persia to India and maybe long before that. It’s quite possible! Today, it stands as the signature dish of the Kashmiri cuisine! Moreover, this dish is now the symbol for the magnificence of the Kashmiri cuisine.

Not only non-vegetarian Indian food but also vegetarian as well – Spices play a central role in making all of them absolutely delicious.

A question which is often asked is that does the Indian cuisine have soups? Yes! It does! However, their taste would be nothing but bland had not been spices been used in their making. For example, the delicious Tomato Shorba makes its presence felt with the help of coriander leaves, pepper, and other spices.

Spices also play a central role in making Indian breads taste fantastic. For example, the Keema Naan owes its taste due to spices present in its stuffing – lamb mince. Breads are an integral part of Indian foods.

Although, Indian delicacies are famous all over the world, however, one particular delicacy does the maximum number of rounds from the kitchen to the table in perhaps all the Indian restaurants present in the world. This particular delicacy is the ‘kebab’ and its variants: Murg Reshmi Kabab and Seekh Kabab are the most popular ones – again owing to the usage of spices like cardamom, coriander, saffron, mint etc.

Turmeric, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds are some of the most popular Indian spices in the world and on a closing note, it would be apt to say the Indian foods, irrespective of the regions from which they originate, use them. The world would be incomplete without that spicy Indian touch!


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