Kitchen essentials: 6 Indian spices that bring a flavourful twist to your food

March 17, 2016

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Imagine a plate of Punjabi chholey without the garam masala tadka or the classic chicken casserole without the flavours of cumin powder. Sounds unappetising, right? Spices are the lifeline of Indian cooking. They have the magical power to flavour the food, making each dish distinct and wonderfully aromatic. In fact, remembering the vast array of spices used in any kind of cuisine can make it intimidating for any rookie chef. Picturesque bottles of spices not only add a dash of colour to kitchen shelves, but also bring about a twist and give depth to any dish you are cooking.

Moreover, if you are looking to give your lifestyle a wholesome touch, spices are an amalgamation of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients and essential oils — all necessary for the body’s wellness. So, the next time your friends come over for a dinner party at your house and you are donning the chef’s hat, Akanksha Jaiswal, Food Specialist at, suggests you get hold of these spices and get going. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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