Popular Indian Spices and Cooking
Both the expeditions of Vasco de Gama in 1497 and Christopher Columbus in 1492 had the same goal in mind – India, the land of spices.
Indian spices are just as colorful and diverse as the people are in India. If you go inside an Indian grocery store or into an Indian kitchen, the smell of the lovely spices will have you craving their delicious foods. Along with their lovely colors and flavors, Indian spices each have a unique health benefit and value. Popular Indian groceries and spices include cumin seeds, bay leaves, turmeric powder, cloves, cardamom, fenugreek seeds, Carmon seeds, tamarind, saffron, mustard seeds, chilies, red chili powder, black pepper, cinnamon and fennel seeds. Most of these spices come in powdered or whole form. There are other Indian groceries that are mixed with specific foods to add a special spice and essence to the Indian way of cooking. These are onions, green chilies, curry leaves, mint, garlic, ginger, cilantro and coconut. For Indian desserts, cashews, raisins, pistachios, almonds and peanuts are used. These are also added to many curries to add a special richness.
India is a nation of many food styles and diverse cultures. The staple food for Indians is wheat, rice or a combination of both. Some people in India are vegetarians and some are non-vegetarians. The people living in the coastal area eat a lot more fish than others do. India has some of the richest and some of the poorest people in the world. There are plenty of fast-food restaurants, fancy restaurants and middle class restaurants that offer mouth-watering dishes with the lovely aroma of spices. Each different style of cooking will have their best and favorite spices being used. For example, people in the north do not use much coconut, but people in the south use a lot of coconut, red chilies and mustard seeds.
During the 15th and 16th century, explorers traveled to India to find their spices. Today, the spices of India are traveling all over our world. No matter where one travels, they can find the lovely spices and ingredients that Indians use to spice up their meals.
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