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Herbs and spices

Herbs and spices
Ever get coriander confused with cumin? Or wonder just what exactly curry powder is made out of? As much for our benefit as for yours, we've put together this quick reference guide to all the most common herbs and spices!

Hindi Name: Keekar, Khair, Babool

They are pod-bearing shrubs, with sap and leaves typically bearing large amounts of tannins (used to make leather). Also known as whistling thorns, the seeds and feathery shoots of acacia... Read more

Hindi Name: Ajmood

Parsley is a herb that is commonly used for garnishing, especially in Italian cuisine. It is native to the central Mediterranean region where is it widely cultivated as a herb, spice and vegetable. In m... Read more

Carom Seeds
Hindi Name: Ajwain

Ajwain seeds or carom seeds belong to the cumin family, Apiaceae. This plant is predominantly found in the regions of India and Pakistan and used as a spice. Carom seeds are egg-shaped and khaki coloure... Read more

Hindi Name: Kabab Chinni

Allspice is native to Greater Antilles, Southern Mexico and Central America and is usually cultivated in warm areas. Allspice is a small berry that tastes like a combination of cinnamon, cloves an... Read more

Raw Mango Powder
Hindi Name: Amchoor

A powder made from the unripe dry green mangoes. Once harvested, the green mangoes are peeled, thinly sliced, and sun-dried. These can be purchased whole and ground at home or in powder form from the m... Read more

Aniseed, synonymously called anise, anis or anise seed, is a herb often used in middle eastern recipes. It belongs to the flowering plant of Apiaceae family. Its flavor is similar to the spices star anise, fennel and liquorice. They have a pale brow... Read more

Hindi Name: Heeng

Having said to be originated in Rome, Asafoetida has become an essential condiment in the Indian vegetarian cooking. It is the dried latex emanated from an underground living rhizome of Ferula. It is ver... Read more

Black Cardamom
Hindi Name: Badi Elaichi

A warming spice, black cardamom is used more commonly in savory dishes. It has a smoky flavor which comes from the method of drying on a flame which also lends it a distinct aroma. This dried frui... Read more

This king of Mediterranean herb belongs to the mint family, originated in India. Though the common color of basil is green, there are some varieties which are purple or red. The odour of basil has a fragrant aroma, strong and pliable taste like that... Read more

Bay Leaf
Hindi Name: Tej Patta

A leaf from the sweet bay or laurel tree, these are usually dried. An aromatic leaf, it"s a staple around an Indian kitchen. Very common in Indian curries and rice dishes and in custards and stews in... Read more


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