Welcome to the World of Spices!
Enter. *Sniff* Ahhh....The Indian Diaries! This weekend my roommate Nikita gave me a tutorial of her spice box, so I'm sharing what I learned.
"The secrets of Indian cooking begin and end in the spice box." Nikita explains, "Indian food owes its flavors to spices. In an Indian household it is common to find a spice box which holds anywhere from 5-10 main spices that form the backbone of most dishes. My spice box contains salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, whole cumin seeds, dry mango powder, and garam masala. Although these spices go in the majority of my Indian dishes, other important spices include green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, star anise, black salt, fenugreek, safron, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, mint, fennel seeds, seseme seeds, and bay leaves." The list goes on.
"Most spices have an herbal and medicinal use in Indian culture. For example, turmeric is used as an antiseptic or antibacterial to treat cuts and wounds. It is used in many skin creams and cosmetics. However spices for medicinal use may be greatly exploited in practices like ayurveda and household remedies."
Nikita's Beauty Tip: Mix yogurt with gram flour and turmeric and apply to skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash for a quick cleanser and fresh glow!
Hope you found this interesting!
The spice girls.
(aka Nikita and Rachel)