Indian spices have been a heart to Indian culture and its fame is much older than Indian history. Adding more to it, spices have played an important role in the country’s civilization and commerce as it was accepted worldwide due to its aroma and its medical benefits. A notable use of spices and herbs in very early times were in medicine in the making of holy oils and unguents. Traditionally India was known as the legendary land of spices, and the West coast of India, and was maintaining very active trade relation with Western world, starting from the ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman times.
Indian spices were mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures called the Vedas, ancient Egyptian papyruses and the Old Testament. Although it was not until the Roman conquests that western counties discovered their culinary possibilities, spices have always been believed to have healing and magical qualities. They have been used to cast spells, as incense in religious rites, to embalm corpses, to add aroma to perfumes and as aphrodisiacs. The word spice comes from Latin species, meaning a commodity of value and distinction.
During their long and fascinating history, spices have often been more valuable than gold or precious stones and its trade has marked an exponential history of our country. Their aroma and flavors add extravagant taste to delight to the plate and have enormous combination of a lot of flavors like sweet, hot, sharp, sour, spicy, mild and fragrant. In order to add that extra flavors it is best to obtain spices in whole seed form and to grind them just prior to use. The people still today to enhance or vary the flavors of theirfood , making the tasteless food more nutritious.
Sophistication and the right way to use the Indian spices characterize Indian species and cuisines. Spices are defined as “a strongly flavored or aromatic substance of vegetable origin, obtained from tropical plants, commonly used as a condiment”. Masala is a world known thing known for spices and herbs all over whenever herbs and spices are grounded together.
They are different kinds of spices some of them are turmeric, Garam Masala, Daal Chini, Hing, Mohi, Red chilli powder and many more which make the boring food, mouth watering. Broadly speaking of which there are two main categories of spices namely major spices and minor spices. The major spices consists of pepper, ginger, turmeric, chilli powder etc and the minor spices consist of cumin, dill seed, fennel, garlic, onion, etc. Enjoy the exotic creation of spices and add extravagant flavors to all the food you cook.