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Basundi using Coconut Sugar

Homemade Basundi/Rich sweetened with Coconut sugar , flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg and garnished with dryfruits. INGREDIENTS: Organic Milk 2 cups Coconut Sugar 1 cup Cardamom powder 1-2 tsp Nutmeg a pinch Sliced almonds for garnishing  INSTRUCTION: 1.Boil organic milk for a good 45 minutes to make it thick and collect the cream . 2. Add coconut sugar, cardomom powder and nutmeg powder  3.Garnish with sliced almonds..Tastes delicious when chilled.

Spicing Up Life: A Journey Through Indian Spices




Indian cuisine is renowned for its rich and diverse use of spices, which are the cornerstone of its flavors. These spices not only add taste and aroma but also provide a myriad of health benefits. Here are some basic Indian spices

:🫚Turmeric (Haldi):

  • Known for its vibrant yellow color, it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It's a key ingredient in curry powders and spice blends.

🟤Cumin (Jeera):

  • Cumin seeds are used both whole and ground. They have a warm, earthy flavor and are common in Indian spice blends, like garam masala.

🌿Coriander (Dhania):

  • Both the seeds and fresh leaves (cilantro) are used. Coriander seeds have a citrusy, slightly sweet flavor, while cilantro leaves add a fresh, herbal note.

🍃Cardamom (Elaichi):

  • Cardamom comes in two varieties: green and black. It has a sweet, aromatic flavor and is often used in desserts, chai tea, and spice mixes.

🟫Cinnamon (Dalchini):

  • Cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon add a warm, sweet-spicy flavor to both savory and sweet dishes.

〰️Cloves (Laung):

  • Cloves have a strong, pungent flavor. They are used in spice blends, rice dishes, and to stud meats like biryani.

⚫️Black Pepper (Kali Mirch):

  • Black pepper adds heat and a sharp, spicy flavor to dishes. It's used both whole and ground.

▪️Mustard Seeds (Rai):

  • Mustard seeds are used for tempering oil in many Indian dishes. They provide a nutty, slightly bitter flavor.

💛Fenugreek (Methi):

  • Fenugreek seeds and leaves are used. The seeds have a slightly bitter taste and are commonly used in pickles and spice blends.

🥡Asafoetida (Hing):

  • Asafoetida has a strong, pungent odor when raw but adds a unique flavor to dishes when cooked. It's commonly used in lentil and vegetable dishes.

🌿Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta):

  • Curry leaves have a distinct, aromatic flavor and are often used in South Indian cooking to temper oil and flavor curries.

🌰Nutmeg and Mace (Jaiphal and Javitri):

  • Nutmeg is used whole or ground, while mace is the lacy covering of the nutmeg seed. Both have a warm, sweet-spicy flavor.

  • 🌶️Chili Peppers (Mirchi):
  • Various types of chili peppers are used in Indian cuisine, from mild to extremely hot. They add heat and flavor to dishes.

🍃Fennel Seeds (Saunf):

  • Fennel seeds have a sweet, licorice-like flavor and are often used as a digestive aid or in spice blends.

✴️Ajwain (Carom Seeds):
  • Ajwain has a strong, pungent flavor and is used in small quantities to add a distinctive taste to certain dishes.

🫔Tamarind (Imli):
  • Tamarind paste is used to add a tangy, sour flavor to various Indian dishes, especially in South Indian cuisine.

   


Indian cuisine often uses these spices in various combinations and proportions to create a wide range of flavors, from mild and aromatic to fiery and intense. 



The skill lies in balancing these spices to create harmonious and delicious dishes. Additionally, many regions in India have their unique spice blends and variations, contributing to the diversity of Indian cuisine.

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