As with any authentic cuisine, Indian cooking revolves around a specific variety of spices. These spices hold the key to an authentic experience whether at home or enjoying your favorite restaurants in Nashua. At India Palace, we’re no exception. In fact, we’re one of the best choices when it comes to authenticity.
Although we won’t tell our family secrets, we’re looking at some of the most essential spices you can expect to find with Indian food. Bold, flavorful, fragrant, and complex, the variety is wide and possibilities anything but boring!
First, let us begin by saying that not all spices are created the same. Depending on the spice, forms variety as much as the flavor! From chopped to ground, seed to roasting, the presentation has much to do with the delivered flavor. For example, cumin is an extremely popular spice. However, depending on the dish, cumin may be used ground or roasted whole. Furthermore, some spices are adding at the beginning of preparation, while others are added as finishing touches.
Knowing when and how to use your spice comes with experience, trusted resources, and a little trial and error!
Alright, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – the list. Below is a list of the top 4 essential Indian spices used when cooking and a brief description of each.
Used in powder form, turmeric is also referred to as Indian saffron. The earthy undertones and bright yellow color make this spice distinctive in appearance. Turmeric mixes well with a variety of dishes, including sauces, relishes, quinoa, and many dairy-based dishes.
Another spice providing an earthy undertone is cumin. However, cumin also has a warm, nutty dimension to its presence depending on the use. This is one of those spices that can be used in several forms. From whole cumin seeds in tadka to ground cumin in soups and curriers, this spice is universal wide with possibilities.
Also referred to as Dhaniya, coriander seeds provide a hint of citrus flavor with an abundance of fragrance. Coriander is one of the most essential spices in several parts of India, especially the Southern regions. Furthermore, the seed is believed to provide several medicinal benefits including aiding in digestion.
From curries to puddings, cardamom is rich in vitamins and wide in benefits. Often used in teas and coffee, cardamom provides a slightly sweet flavor that is savory and unique.
When it comes to authentic restaurants in Nashua, you won’t want to miss India Palace. Not only are we cooking up some of the most authentic dishes in the region, but we’re also using the finest spices available.
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