What a dish without spices! For today’s review, we have picked up 10 of the most popular spices from all over the world, which should be placed on your kitchen shelf, and told about their benefits.
What a dish without spices! With proper use, a bouquet of spices can change the taste of food beyond recognition, adding versatility and completing a culinary masterpiece. Traditional “salt pepper to taste” can be found in any recipe, and what else is the world of spices rich?
For today’s review, we have picked up 10 of the most popular spices from all over the world, which are worth living on your kitchen shelf. We share the secrets of their use and useful properties, because as you know, spices are not only designed to improve the taste of dishes, but also to heal the body.
- Pepper Pea
The spice that has conquered the world. Even bachelors of jokes can’t imagine eternal dumplings without it. A more gourmet version is a mixture of “five peppers” including white, green, pink fragrant and black pepper-pea. This spice is more famous for its fragrant aroma than for its spicy taste.
How to use: ground peppers in small quantities are suitable for most unsweetened dishes – soups, potatoes and mushroom casseroles, meat dishes, sauces and sausages.
Properties: essential oils of pepper increase appetite, normalize the gastrointestinal tract, increase immunity. According to some reports, pepper helps with diseases of the bronchi and lungs, removing sputum.
Many people associate the smell of cinnamon with Christmas and fairy tales! Perhaps it is for its ability to bring back good memories that you can find a package of cinnamon in every kitchen.
How to use: Fervent cinnamon with its delicate saturated flavor is commonly used as an ingredient in muffins and fillings for sweet cakes, but the taste will be appropriate in complex sauces, meat gravies, mutton dishes, poultry and vegetables. A pinch of cinnamon can also improve the taste of hot chocolate, smoothies and coffee.
Properties: This spice is a brilliant antiseptic, antipyretic and spitting drug, is a powerful immunostimulating agent. Cinnamon also helps with high cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Nutmeg is one of the favorite spices of confectioners and cooks around the world. We recommend that you get a pack of ground nutmeg and enjoy its delicate taste and aroma!
How to use: Nutmeg is most often used in baking and confectionery products, but in unsweetened dishes its delicate flavor will be very appropriate. Minced meat, cream soups, creamy pasta sauces and mushroom fillings will benefit from its addition.
Properties: first of all, nutmeg has a pronounced sedative properties, which is why it is recommended to add a pinch of spice to the “soothing” warm milk with honey before bed. But essential oils of freshly watered nutmeg have a beneficial effect on the respiratory system and can even “puncture” the nose.
Scented spice, valuable for its versatility. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to find fresh rhizomes, so dried granulated spice will always come at the right time.
How to use: The fiery taste of ginger will find its place in many recipes – add a little spice to meat or oriental vegetable dishes, rice and pastries. By the way, ginger is perfectly combined with other spices, both sweet and spicy bouquet.
Properties: It has been scientifically proven that ginger accelerates metabolism and helps weight loss. The spice also enhances digestion, helps with colds, detoxification and increases cerebral blood circulation.
The most famous spice of Indian cuisine got its name thanks to the leaves of curry plant, but unfortunately, at best only dried leaves get to our edges. Most often curry, which can be bought in Russia, is a mixture based on turmeric, which gives a yellow tinge to the seasoning, and other ingredients – cayenne pepper, cardamom and coriander.
How to use: add curry in saturated sauces to rice, vegetable dishes and broths.
Properties: curry enhances digestion, stimulates the liver, heart and blood vessels, removes toxins and normalizes metabolism.
- Mixture of Italian herbs
In each of the provinces of Italy, experienced hostesses make up their own set of spices, but the most popular in the world received a mix of basil, oregano, thyme with the addition of green onions and garlic.
How to use: a rich bouquet of aromatic herbs is ideal for soups, vegetable dishes, rice, pasta and stuffing for unsweetened pies.
Properties: the most valuable ingredients of this mixture are essential oils that have a beneficial effect on health. Italian herbs accelerate metabolism, stimulate appetite, and are a natural antiseptic.
- Dried garlic
Of course, fresh garlic is an indispensable thing in the kitchen, but dried garlic is as good as it is in taste and aroma. You can buy this spice in the form of powder, granules and flakes.
How to use: Dried garlic is literally made for meat and vegetables, poultry, soups, sausages and cold. Another culinary advantage of granulated garlic is that it does not burn or turn black when cooked in the oven.
Properties: garlic is the main source of natural phytoncides that protect the body from viruses and bacteria. It strengthens the immune system, cleanses the blood and helps fight colds.
Paprika is another popular spice “with spice”, known to us for its Mexican, Hungarian and German dishes. They are made from ground sweet peppers, so it is distinguished by its moderate spiciness and greater depth of taste.
How to use: the best companions for paprika are pork, chicken, vegetables, tomato sauces, cheese, fish, seafood and stuffed eggs. In addition to taste and aroma, paprika gives the dishes reddish and orange shades.
Properties: ground red pepper improves appetite, stimulating the gastrointestinal and pancreatic organs, has a positive effect on blood circulation and is even recommended for rheumatism.
- Chili pepper
There is sure to be a hotter person in every house – if not among family members, then among guests. Around the world, chili, a powder obtained from ground spicy peppers, is added to the dishes to give them the coveted hotness and spicy flavour they desire.
How to use: chili is traditionally added to soups, meat dishes, sausages, it is especially appropriate to use it in cooking Mexican and Indian dishes. Remember that it is pointless to pour the powder into the boiling butter because it will turn black and start to bitter.
Properties: Although dieticians always warn about the harm of too spicy dishes, when used in moderate amounts of chili improves digestion, increases appetite, normalizes the activity of nervous tissue of the brain and even improves liver function.
Coriander with its strong specific scent takes an honorable place in the list of the most popular spices in the world. And it’s true – when skillfully used, coriander is able to work culinary wonders. By the way, known to all cilantro is a “top” plant coriander, and as a spice dried seeds are used.
How to use: coriander is quite universal and combines well with meat, fish and vegetable dishes. It is important to know that ground coriander quickly loses both flavor and aroma, so it is more appropriate to buy whole seeds and grind them yourself, lightly frying in a frying pan without oil.
Properties: useful substances coriander normalize the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. The beneficial effect is also on the nervous system – coriander is recommended for use with increased excitability and depression.