Indian cuisine is characterized by the extensive use of numerous spices or masala, as it is called in Hindi. The Indian masala can be considered as the ‘heartbeat of an Indian kitchen’ as it makes extensive use of spices.
Spices like cinnamon, cardamoms, whole garam masala, mint, cilantro, etc. are highly used for doing wonders in the recipes. I do not mean that spices are used to make the food very hot, in fact spices are used to add flavor to the cuisines.
Filled with aroma and taste, the spices of India are grown and developed in the big Indian states such as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujrat, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh etc. You will be amazed to know that the demand for Indian spices does not have any boundaries, which means it’s not bounded to the national level. Yes, foreign countries also have a huge demand for these spices and that too from different parts of the world. Now we know the reason why the spices of India are highly exported to other countries!
Each spice by itself imparts a very unique flavor but when used together with each other magically changes the individual characteristics. If we talk about spice plants, then it’s of utmost benefit. Leaves such as mint, basil, curry leaves, coriander are often used for garnish or to add flavor to several Indian dishes. And when we are talking about spices and Indian cooking, here comes the various forms of Indian spices – barks, flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, dried seeds etc.
Shahi cuisines in India are filled with Indian spices. Some are flavored with spice paste or some with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, fennel, carom seeds, mustard, etc. Spices are not merely the flavoring ingredient but can also be used as a flavor enhancer for a particular ingredient or as a preservative.
Many meals that we eat and are familiar with would be completely different if we do not use the spices such as nutmeg on custard, saffron in paella. Always remember, if you want to be a good cook then it is very essential to explore spices and know when to use them. Spices are also used for health benefits and medicinal purposes to prevent diseases and also to preserve food.
In short, Indian spices plays a vital role in adding magical flavor to cuisines and are undoubtedly the base of Indian cooking. Indian spices are not merely the ingredients but they are the reason for creating the charm in Indian dishes