Spice Wisdom

Spices

A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants used for flavoring or as a garnish.

Spices are not only tasty— it comes with a plethora of health benefits. 
Spices can be used in either sweet or savory dishes. Most of it is so delightful that it  will leave your taste buds asking for more.

Spices are used in different forms: whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried, and as topping. Spices makes any dish palatable.
Some spices are added at the end as a flavouring and are typically heated in a pan with cooking oil before being added to a dish. 
Spices with strong flavour is added first and lighter spices are added last.

"Curry" is not a spice however  it is a term used by Western people which refers to any dish in Indian cuisine that contains several spices blended together.

Chillies - give dishes a bit, makes it more flavoursome. Curries can be cooked without chillies however  chilli lovers can add it as per personal taste – from mild to extra hot.

Many store bought spice may contain additives, anti-caking agents or MSG. It may give the flovour however it is not beneficial for your health & wellness

Home-blended Spices

Let's get one thing straight: There is no such thing as curry powder in an Indian kitchen. The jarred stuff you find on supermarket shelves is a purely Western convenience product. 
Sure, for some applications it'll do in a pinch, but by using pre-mixed curry powder, you end up with dishes that may taste good with hardly any nutritional or medical value.

For generations, my ancestors have  blended their our own spice mixes.

Different blends are used for different types of dishes.
The varieties are simply mind-boggling. Each spice has its own pride of place on the kitchen shelf and combined with each other, it creates another kind of magic.

To blend spices from scratch, is very time consuming and it is  alot of work however the nutritional value and medical benefits of home-blended spices, is all worth it.

My mum who still makes home-blended spices and has taught me to do the same, says "to make a perfect combination of spices, you need to select each spice carefully and thoughtfully. The  quality and correct quantity of each spice is very important."

Why do we need both whole and powdered versions of the same spice? 

Every dish has many layers of spice that come together in various techniques.

Some may use whole. Some use only powders in different proportions. 
Some, both. Spice mixes can be complicated however with knowledge and experimentation, you will learn which spice to use and in what portion - this is the key to cooking amazing tasting and flavorsome dishes.

Coo & Eat  For Healthy Mind + Healthy Heart = Happy Body Workshops, introduces you as how to select,  blend, mix nourishing spices.
Spices can be used - sun-dried, whole, semi-grinded and grinded. When spices heat, they release volatile aromatics. These aromatics can then break down and recombine to form dozens of new compounds, adding complexity.
Example:  Have a taste of raw coriander seed and its roasted version and you'll see a marked difference. The former is floral and lemony. The roasted one is intense, grassy and earthy. It's a completely different flavor you're getting out of one ingredient in two ways.

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