Indian cuisine is known for its spices. The tang of chaat masala, the royalty of shahi garam masala, and the heat of tandoori masala - the list goes on. India, since ages, is known for its spices. India produces variety of spices and they are different in different parts of the country, as per the climate. They are used in different forms - chopped, whole, roasted, ground etc. Other than their varied culinary usages, these spices are known for their varied medicinal usage. From treating cold and flu to aiding digestion, every spice has its own medicinal value.
Here we share with you a roasted spice mix recipe, which can easily be used in curries, chaas, chaat or any dish you want. The best part is, all these spices are easily available in every Indian kitchen. All you need are - jeera (cumin seeds), dhania (coriander seeds), ajwain (carom seeds) and laal mirch (dry red chilli). These spices individually have rich taste. They are very essential part of almost every dish you make in your kitchen on a daily basis. They also have several health benefits.
Health Benefits Of Jeera:
Jeera, or cumin, is rich in anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This spice can help in relieving a host of gut-related issues like- bloating, constipation and others. They are good for detoxification, boost digestion and strengthen immunity system.
Health Benefits Of Dhania:
Corriander seeds are rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber, which promote liver-health and facilitate bowel moments, stated Amol Ghosh, Clinical Tutor (Rtd), N.R.S. Hospial, Kolkata. The rich dietary fiber content in this spice also aids better digestion. They are also good sources of fiber, phosphorus and calcium.
Health Benefits Of Ajwain:
Caron seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. This not only helps to detoxify the body but also aids good digestion. Dr Sheela Krishnaswamy, a Bangalore-based nutrition and wellness consultant, stated that due to its rich aroma and excellent digestive properties, ajwain is commonly added in masalas and sprinkled on dough before making rotis or parathas.
Health Benefits Of Laal Mirch:
Other than adding zing to your taste buds, chillies benefit digestive tracts, releice joint pains, promote weight loss, prevents allergies and more.
Here's How You Can Make Roasted Spice Mix At Home:
Step 1: Take jeera, dhania and ajwain in 3:2:1 ratio.
Step 2: Take red chilli as per your taste.
Step 3: Dry roast all these spices on a tawa.
Step 4: Grind them in mortar and pestle or mixer grinder. We prefer mortar and pestel ground spices as that gives a coarser texture to the mix.
How To Store The Roasted Mix:
The best part is, it can be used in any dish you want and can be stored for at least a month. Just make sure, the container is airtight.
Hence whenever you feel like adding some spice to your taste-buds, open the container and sprinkle some on your food- be it chaas or chaat or curries. Enjoy your meal!
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