Health benefits of Indian spices – 5 Super Spices

Ravintola Masala: Welcome to the house of spices!

We are in the middle of a Pandemic and it has never been more crucial to have a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system not only protects from the current coronavirus but also has heaps of benefits for living an overall healthy and happy life.

As the popular saying goes, ’health is Wealth’. The food we put in our bodies determines the quality and longevity of our lives. In the Indian food culture, we have followed this principle for thousands of years. Modern science has also recognized the medicinal value of spices which were known to ancient Indian Civilizations. This indigenous knowledge has passed on to this date in the form of a variety of dishes and recipes which use their Distinctive spice mixtures.

In this article we will talk about the different spices we use in our foods and their health benefits. We will also mention which dish you should choose if you would like to consume a dish rich in that particular spice. We would recommend adding a few of these spices to your home cooking to experience the health benefits for yourself.

Please remember that the list is not exhaustive but just includes the main spices and their benefits. Please also note that this article is not medical advice and does not substitute professional medical advice and guidance.

To give you an overview, Indian spices have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. These spices are also rich in antioxidants.

1. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is rich in an organic compound called cinnamaldehyde, which gives it the flavor, odor and is majorly responsible for cinnamon’s medicinal value. Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels and also promotes natural Insulin secretion in the body. Cinnamon has also been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. It has anti-inflammatory properties which fight inflammation in general.

At Restaurant Masala, the curry sauce is rich in cinnamon and you should try a dish which includes the curry sauce. We recommend Palak Paneer for vegetarians, Chicken Tikka Masala for chicken lovers and Lamb Masala for lamb lovers. We would also recommend adding cinnamon in your Everyday home cooking – don’t be afraid to add it in savory dishes as well!

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2. Turmeric:

Turmeric is rich in curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and has strong anti-inflammatory properties matching a few anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been shown to improve brain function and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and help prevent arthritis, joint pain and inflammation.

At Restaurant Masala, we recommend Chicken Curry, a special chicken for chicken lovers and Lamb Curry for lamb lovers to have heaps of turmeric in your dishes.

3. Garlic:

Garlic contains a compound called allicin which is responsible for its medicinal benefits and also gives its distinct smell. Garlic helps fight common cold and also has benefits for heart health. Garlic has also shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and reduce blood pressure in those suffering from high blood pressure. We would highly recommend occasionally adding garlic to your home cooking. These health benefits are precisely the reason we have included Garlic Chicken and Garlic Lamb in our menu so that you can get plenty of health benefits derived from garlic.

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4. Ginger:

Ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites like gingerol, shogaols, and paradols some of which have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation properties and can help prevent diseases like cancer. Ginger is known to help reduce nausea and motion sickness. Ginger is particularly helpful in reducing pregnancy related and chemotherapy induced nausea. If you are a seafood lover, we have great news for you because our dishes Fish Chili and Shrimp Chili have plenty of ginger.

Did you know that traditional Indian cuisine is made by using a lot of ginger garlic paste which is freshly made everyday. Your favourite tandoori chicken, butter chicken and chicken tikka masala all contain a lot of ginger garlic paste so you don’t miss out on the health benefits of these fresh and delicious spices.

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5. Garam Masala:

Garam masala literally translates to ‘hot spice’, it is a spice blend used to add flavour and spice up the dishes. Different traditions use different combinations of spices all over the Indian subcontinent but majority of them use a combination of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, whole cloves, cinnamon, cardamom seeds from green pods (or a mix of black and green) and fennel seeds. This spice blend is prepared from scratch and every family could have their own secret spice mix which suits their taste. Now that’s what I call diversity! At Ravintola Masala, we use garam masala in almost all our dishes so you are tasting some of it when you come to visit us!

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For us, food is so much more than a hunger distinguisher. If you ever feel like the fight with spice jars at home is frustrating, you are always welcome to come to Restaurant Masala to experience exciting flavors!

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