Indian spices: A journey of history and flavor

Aromatic, healthy Indian spices are the secret behind the rich and complex flavors of Indian cuisine. Indian spices are as rich in history and health benefits as they are flavor.

Indian spices are ground from a variety of plants native to the Indian subcontinent and surrounding South Asia. Cultivated for centuries, Indian spices were once a form of currency. In ancient times “The Spice Trade” was the world’s largest industry. Spices were traded along “The Silk Road”, an historic route connecting Asia with the Mediterranean region of Europe. Silk Road Trade influenced the rise and fall of empires, and was key to the development of civilizations in China, India, Egypt, Persia, Arabia, and Rome.

“Masala” Indian Spice Blends create culinary magic!

Indian spices are traditionally used in different forms: whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried, or as toppings. “Curry” itself is actually western term. In India, the word “masala” means spice. ‘Masalas’ are spice and herb blends that are the foundation of Indian dishes and create their distinct flavors. Masalas can be ground dry mixtures, or used as a paste. Indianlife Masalas include the freshest whole ground Indian spices, and spices that we traditionally “dry-fry” before grinding, which greatly enhances flavor.

We’re pleased to offer 8 of our favorite “kitchen essentials” to help you create delicious Indianlife cuisine at home. Combine our Ground Turmeric, Ground Cumin and Red Chili Powder, or try our beloved family recipe blends:

Indianlife Garam Masala is a “hot or warm” spice common in northern India. It’s traditionally used in the early stages of cooking or sprinkled over dishes just before serving.

Indianlife Tikka Masala is our version of the blend used in one of the world’s most famous Indian recipes: Chicken Tikka Masala. Popular in Southern India, Tikka Masala is equally delicious in vegan creations and creates an irresistible creamy sauce.

Indianlife Tandoori Masala is the signature spice blend used with a traditional clay tandoor oven. In this dish, vegetables and/or meat is covered with a mixture of plain yogurt and tandoori masala. This is then roasted in the tandoor oven at very high heat.

Indianlife Chai Masala is traditionally used to prepare Indian chai, a blend of spices simmered with black tea and milk into a satisfying and healthy hot drink. It’s customary in India to welcome guests with a fresh cup of chai.

Indianlife Curry Powder is popular in many West and South Indian dishes. Like all spice blends, curries vary from family to family and region to region. Just a pinch adds curry flavor to any dish. Use it in curries, or to perk up soups and salads.

Modern Science Confirms Ancient Indian Wisdom.

Today scientists view Indian spices as currency for maintaining good health. Indian spices are rich in minerals and dietary polyphenols and flavonoids, compounds with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that help protect against disease, aid digestion and boost immune function. Indian spices are a delicious way to add these beneficial nutrients to your diet! Watch our blog for more on Indian spices and how to add them to your home menu!

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