Indian Spices with Curative Properties

spicesIndian spices not only make our food taste better, they also have curative properties. Sure it takes time to make curry – what with a list of ingredients as long as your arm – but you can always make a cut here and there, and know that when your eating all those spices, your doing an awful lot of good to your taste buds and your health.

The top five Indian spices with curative properties include:

Cumin – sometimes spelled "cummin", a toasty-warm flavored spice that is believed to aid digestion.

Coriander – a citrusy spice that adds texture to sauces.

Turmeric – identifiable through its characteristic yellow skin, this spice has a slight bitter taste.

Mustard – more commonly known as a condiment, mustard seeds add a pungent flavor and a crunch to your dish.

Red chili – probably the most well known in the list, red chili is known for the heat it brings.

These five spices are the definitive traditional Indian curry ingredients that create that flavor harmony and texture contrast in our favorite Indian food. But these spices also have another side to them. These five spices have been found to have health benefits.

Turmeric – has been suggested to have a role in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cumin – widely commended for being a good source of iron.

Mustard seeds – aids digestions, and like cumin, prevents Cancer.

Coriander – traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties, and is being studied for possible connection to cholesterol reduction. It is already known as a good source of dietary fiber, iron and magnesium.

Red chili – is already popularly linked to pain relief, reduced congestion, ulcer prevention, weight loss and increased cardiovascular health.

The next time you cook your favorite Indian food or are eating at an Indian restaurant, do not hesitate to ask for seconds.