What’s the first thing that pops in your head, when you hear the phrase ‘Indian Spices’? In all probability, a visual full of bright colours and a peculiar sense of hot-tangy flavours must have hit you. Well, well, that is because since eons Indian spices have been projected as these flavourful supplies from nature that are just meant for sprucing up meals in the form of seasonings. But that is not the only purpose that our dear Indian spices serve! They are much more valuable and are thus, exported internationally.
Spices from India are supplied world over in both processed and raw form. Today, let’s unravel the secrets of some famous Indian spices and find the great ways in which these contribute to our lives!
- Turmeric (Haldi)
This bitter tasting yellow-coloured spice is sold in both raw and ground form. It contains a special ingredient called ‘curcumin’, which is known to help reduce inflammations and swellings. Therefore, turmeric is a majorly exported Indian spice, as it is used in the Ayurvedic and Naturopathy medication preparation. Also, turmeric’s strong and bright yellow colour is used in the processing of organic textiles.
- Cardamom (Elaichi)
This sweet yet fresh tasting, oval-shaped spice has a powerful aroma, and is a key cooking supply. It contains ‘cineole’, an ingredient that has intensive therapeutic properties that help in soothing airway diseases and respiratory difficulty. Other than that, cardamom is one of the few Indian spices that is exported for the processing of fragrances and mouth fresheners.
- Chilli (Mirchi)
This hot and fiery spice comes in a bright red colour and is pretty pungent to taste. It is supplied raw as well as in a processed powdered form. It contains ‘capsaicin’, an ingredient that gives the Chilli, its raging sweat-inducing taste. Chillies are a spice that are said to produce endorphins within the body that help us build tolerance for pain. Therefore, during Ayurvedic times, chillies were the only Indian spice that were used as painkillers.
- Fenugreek (Methi)
This acetous and bitter tasting spice has a lot of goodness packed in it. Right from carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, flavonoids, fibers, saponins, vitamins and minerals- fenugreek has it all! It is known to be an excellent spice for body detoxification and is used as a blood purifier too. Apart from this, fenugreek is exported for the production of hair oils and other natural health care products.
- Cumin (Jeera)
This is a spice that has a distinctive strong flavour attached to it. Cumin seeds are a widely exported Indian spice. These contain components called cuminaldehyde, cymene and terpenoids that supply the spice its harsh taste. Cumin is known to be a great agent for fighting diabetes and bad cholesterol levels. In fact, it is a primary spice supplied within India for the processing of natural digestive supplements.
The Indian spices sure do have a lot of secrets wrapped under their various forms and appearances, and this list is a proof that they are much more than just some decorative seasoning ingredients! If you are looking for fresh supplies of high-quality processed Indian spices, then you can reach out to our team at BSR Overseas at +91 95714 25303 or [email protected]. We process, export and import spices, herbs, grains, pulses and other agricultural products all over the globe.