Spices serve several purposes in cooking but since there are so many spices available nowadays it becomes difficult to make the right choice or right combination of these to add to your dishes.
This blog provides the information about the top 7 spices which you will easily find in your kitchen and it will not take much time before you become an expert in using those. As the saying goes practice makes perfect hence do not be afraid to experiment,trust your tastebuds and get cooking by picking 2 or 3 spices of your favorite ethnic cuisine.
|Benefits||Types of Cuisine||Uses|
|Ginger||a) It has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to relieve pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and menstrual cramps.|
b) It strengthens the immune system and can be used to treat stomach problems, including morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite.
|Caribbean, North African, Thai, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern||Soups, stir-fries, salad dressings, smoothies, rice, curries, marinades, stews, and desserts|
|Garlic||a) It heals and prevents infections and many viral or bacterial borne illnesses|
b) It promotes proper blood circulation and heals or prevents circulation problems such as high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks
|Mexican, Caribbean, French, Thai, Middle Eastern||Curries, soups, sauces, stir-fries, dressings, marinades|
|Chili||a) It aids digestion by promoting salivation, boosting the stomach’s defense against infections, increasing digestive fluid production, and helping to deliver enzymes to the stomach.|
b) It opens clogged blood vessels, and it can help prevent strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and promote proper blood circulation and heart health.
|Mexican, Cajun, Indian||Curries, soups, sauces, tomato sauces, stuffing, marinades, dry rubs|
|Cinnamon||a) It is high in antioxidants and increases circulation, and heals and prevents rheumatoid arthritis. |
b) It is a mild anti-viral and antibiotic, so it helps people avoid flus and cold and stay healthy. It is a mild antidepressant.
c) It is an anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering
|Mexican, Caribbean, North African, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern||Fruit sauces, desserts, breads, soups, curries, rice, stuffing, marinades, sauces|
|Cumin||a) It is known to support digestive health and also used to help relieve the body from gas troubles which help with digestion and appetite.|
b) It helps to reduce cholesterol, fight diabetes and reduce level of stress.
|Mexican, North African, Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern||Curries, Rice, soups, salad dressings, sauces, marinades, stuffing, stir-fries|
|Cloves||a) It aids in digestion, boost the immune system, control diabetes, fight cancer, and might have anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties. |
b) It might help heal or fight against oral diseases, and it has aphrodisiac properties.
|Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern||Curries, Soups, Marinades, desserts, bread, fruit sauces, rice, stuffing|
|Turmeric||a) It may help prevent or even reverse Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia|
b) It reduce unhealthy levels of inflammation, protect against heavy metal toxicity, and even lower heart disease risk.
|North African, Thai, Indian||Curries, rice, soups, sauces, marinades, stir-fries|