Saturday, 27 May 2017

Onion as a spice

Onion Taste,uses how to use onion for cooking as a spice

 onions are pungent and bitter before cooking, and slightly sweet when cooked. Unlike many other spices, onions do best when added to your recipe early in the cooking process.

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Uses of Onion as a spice

  • Making breakfasts like kande pohe,upama every spicy breakfast contains onion.
  • Making subjies
  • making curry
  • In every type of curries onion is Must used in Indian cuisine.
  • In chicken fish and other non veg recipes
  • Every hot and spicy recipe uses onion garlic and ginger.
  • for making masala rice,chicken biryani,veg pulav and various Rice recipes.
  • Making onion pakoda.
  • Also served to eat with food as a condiment.

How to use onion in Cooking?

  • Generally for most dishes its chopped in small pieces.In making breakfasts its chopped.Chopped onion is added in hot oil and then friend until it gets orange color.
  • In curries its added in Paste form also in chopped form.
  • For masal rice,pulav,biryanies it chopped in big pieces.
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Garlic as a spice in Cooking

Garlic how to used in cooking

Intensely and uniquely flavorful and aromatic, garlic is used in virtually every cuisine in the world.
Garlic is generally used as a flavoring ingredient in recipes rather than as the main ingredient itself because of its powerful and pungent flavour.
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Actually garlic is not a purely spice in reality its a vegetable but cannot used directly because its strong and pungency.So it have various quality that a spice have so i call it spice.

Uses of garlic

  • added to soups
  •  sauces,
  • marinades
  • spice rubs
  • Curries
  • Making chili powder

How to use Garlic in cooking?

  • For curries the paste of Ginger and garlic is made and added in hot oil(called tadka,fodni or tempering).
  • Also clove of garlic is used by removing its cover in Tempering (fodni or tadka)
  • Used for making Onion-garlic Chili powder (kanda-lasun chutney) which used for curries and subjies.
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Ginger A spice uses,Taste how to use.

Ginger A spice uses,Taste how to use.

Hello friends,
Here i am with full information of Ginger where it is used,How its taste like. and methods to use ginger as a spice/masala.
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Fresh ginger gives delicious, peppery flavor to recipes.
Ginger is used as a paste in Curries and subjies.
Ginger/Garlic paste is very famous used in various dishes. Mainly in Chicken,fish and other non-veg dishes.
Ginger is also used for making Tea.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Basics Of spices for cooking

Basics of spices and their use and importance in taste of food/recipe.

Hi friends,
I am writing this article on behalf of my mother because her English is not that much good to write an article.
My mother will write Marathi articles for this blog and i will convert all these into Kannada.
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To read in Marathi click below link

Importance of spices in recipe in marathi(मसाल्यांचा पदार्थांची माहिती )

What is spice/masala?

A spice is a seed,fruit,root or bark which are used for mainly flavouring,coloring to improve acridity as well as for pickling and preserving foods
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List of basic spices used in India for cooking recipes?

(click on item you want to learn)
  1. asafoetida (Hing)
  2. Cardamom seeds and powder
  3. Clove full and powder
  4. Black pepper (seeds or powder)
  5. Cumin seeds and powder
  6. coriander (leaves and seeds)
  7. mustard seeds or powder
  8. fenugreek seeds
  9. Turmeric
  10. saffron
  11. Cinnamon
  12. Ginger 
  13. Garlic
  14. Onion
  15. fennel seeds
  16. Red chilies and chili powder and flakes
  17. Cayenne whole and powder
  18. Paprika
Confused between cayenne,red chilies and paprika.
here i gave the difference between cayenne vs Paprika vs Chili on below link to know difference among them.

19.Spice blends / Masalas
spice blends or masalas are made by blending or mixing different spices .
there are many types of spice blends or masala like garam masala also called hot spice blend,chicken masala,mutton masala,goda masala also known sweet spice blend.

In general words
Masala or spice blend is Combination of some specific masalas/spices made for some specific dishes.
like mutton masala is made for making mutton gravy also for curry different masalas available.
we will discuss on Spice blends or masala's seperately.

here is a link
learn about Different Masala's spice blends used for different Dishes

In India where you can find diversity at every place in terms of language,uniform/dressing,culture and 
as well as in food recipes.

Different states,districts have different recipes and different spices are used for same.
Some states prefer non-veg some states veg.some states likes spicy food,some likes sweet and some normal.
Depending on environment,availability of vegetables and other coking stuff like spices the recipes are made.

The Key role in any recipe is played by Spices. 
acridity,pungency,spiciness and attractive texture and smell is due to spices only.

so spices plays main role in great taste of every food recipe.

So here we can know or learn deeply about basics of spices,information,roles of spices in recipe/food,which spice give which taste information.everything a cook must know about spices before preceding for kitchen.

Spices used for taste in a food as well as used as a medicine.we will discuss about using spices as medicine later.
So here we start roles of spices in a recipe.

List of common spices used 


Cinnamon a spice uses and taste

Cinnamon a spice for cooking

When dried, it curls into quills that are used to add a warm, distinctive flavour and aroma to sweet dishes.
Cinnamon is also widely used in spice mixes for savoury dishes in Asia
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Taste of cinnamon

Sweetness and distinctive flavour with aroma.

Uses of Cinnamon Spice?

  • Rice dishes
  • Curries
  • Mixed spice powder/garam masala.
  • Making herbal Tea

How to use Cinnamon for cooking dishes?

  • Powder it and add for making curry.
  • Added in Spice mixes.
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Saffron as a spice for cooking

Saffron as a spice for cooking

Saffron is Most expensive spice in the world.In terms of weight its expensive than Gold.The best saffron is dark red in color.
The flavor of saffron is very unique, with everybody experiencing a different aspect of its fragrance. I always notice floral and honey notes when I smell my saffron.
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It is not widely used spice because its not economical to use dailly dishes.Its used in special menus.

Taste of saffron

Saffron has a very subtle flavor and aroma — some say it's floral, some say it's like honey, and some would just say pungent. The flavor can be hard to nail down and described.

How to use saffron in Cooking?

  • Used in very small quantity usually dissolved in warm water or milk before being added to dishes.
  • Add a pinch in a soup that serves 4-5 persons.
  • Add in milk boil milk for 4-5 minutes until saffron has dissolved in milk then serve.
  • Very good for pregnant ladies
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turmeric a spice uses and taste

Turmeric uses taste and how to use

Turmeric is a very famous spice and used for flavouring and colouring of curries,rice,subji etc.
It provides attractive golden colour to Curries.
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What is the taste of Turmeric?

Its Pungent and bitter in taste.

Uses of turmeric?

  • In curries for flavor and colour
  • In rice for good appearance and flavour.
  • Tea making
  • As a herb for cough added in hot milk.
  • Making Pickles of turmeric

How to use Turmeric?

  • For Subji or curry when you add onion,garlic etc in hot oil after adding all spices at the end means just before adding subjies or in curries just before adding water add Turmeric powder.Because if we add Turmeric very before in tempering it will get burned and gives very bitter taste.
  • Add 1-2 spoon in any soup recipe
  • Add half Tea-spoon in Rice in water.

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Fenugreek seeds a spice

Fenugreek seeds a spice uses and how to use

hi friends,
Here i am with our next spice called fenugreek seeds which is also commonly used spice used for making madras curry powder.And are what butter chicken makes Unique.

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Taste of fenugreek

earthy, musky "curry" flavor and strong fragrance.
Its also somewhat bitter.

Uses of fenugreek seeds

  • curry powder 
  • spice blends
  • Teas

How to use fenugreek seeds in cooking?

Fenugreek is used mostly in Indian cuisine .

 The ground seeds are often used in curry powder, spices blends, dry rubs, and tea blends

A pinch can also be sprinkled over yogurt, cooked greens, or sauce.

also added in hot oil in tempering process also called tadka in hindi and fodni in marathi.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Mustard Seeds uses and how to use

Mustard Seeds uses and how to use.

HI friends,
Here i am telling you about spices one of important spice is Mustard seeds.It is used in making curries as well as subji.

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How to use mustard seeds for cooking?

The flavor of mustard seeds is released when they are crushed or cooked in oil.
steps for using mustard seeds for cooking
toss the seeds in a little hot oil until they pop and split, releasing their peppery, rich flavor. Use the oil, with the popped seeds, to flavor soups and vegetables.

What is the taste of Mustard seeds?

Their smoky, nutty flavor is a staple in curries and curry powders.

How to store mustard properly?

 Put mustard seeds in a tightly sealed container and store them in a dark, cool, dry place.

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Spice : coriander leaves/seeds/roots.

Coriander leaves uses in Food/dishes/recipes.

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Coriander leaves

coriander leaves are Aromatic green leaves that are largely used to flavour and garnish food.Mostly in Indian cuisine. Have strong odour.

How to use Coriander leaves for cooking?

As heat diminishes their flavour, coriander leaves are often used raw or added to the dish immediately before serving
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Coriander Seeds

coriander seeds are also a often used spice in Indian cuisine for Curry's as well as in  most of Non-veg recipes (chicken,fish).

Coriander seeds Taste 

Soar in Taste.The seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed.

How to use coriander Seeds?

You can use coriander whole as well as ground powdered.
If you have seeds Roast it before grinding to bring out flavours and aroma.

Uses of Coriander seeds

  • Pickling
  • Curries
  • spice blends
  • spice mixes like garam masala etc.
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Coriander Roots

Having a deeper, more intense flavor than the leaves, coriander roots are used in a variety of Asian cuisines, especially in Thai dishes such as soups or curry pastes.

How to store coriander Leaves?

Wash roots,stems and leaves thoroughly with water to remove dirt or grit.
Stand upright in a Glass by adding water upto stem level.
and keep it in cool place.if have fridge then keep in it.

alternatively keep it in air tight container and keep in fridge also roll it in wet towel and keep in fridge. 

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Cumin a spice/masala for cooking (taste and uses guide)

Cumin Seeds

cumin is also widely used Indian spice used in Tadka as well as in masala mixes(spice mixes)
It add smoky note to dishes and have intense fragrance.
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How is the taste of Cumin?


Uses of cumin in Indian dishes recipes

  1. Mostly used in Tadka/fodni/tempering of Indian curry's and sabji.
  2. Also used in Masala mixes(spice mixes).
  3. Regular component of curry powder
  4. Also regular in Mexican cuisine.

How to use Cumin in Dishes/recipe/food?

It is used wholly as well as powdered.
While tadka/fodni/Tempering process it is added in hot oil and mixed with other spices.

added before adding onion and garlic.

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black pepper spice in cooking - uses guide and taste

4-Black pepper

Black pepper is most widely used Spice in the world adding both heat and depth of flavour to any dish.
It have strong and pungent aroma.
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what is the Taste of Black pepper?

Hot and pungent.

Uses of black pepper in cooking and recipes

  1. Added for salad dressings
  2. Added to cheese and egg dishes.
  3. Soups and sauces
  4. Used to rub on Meat,poultry and fish before roasting or cooking.
  5. Used in mixture of biscuit to make spicy biscuits.
  6. Seasoning of seafood
  7. mashed potato's
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Clove a spice for cooking uses and taste


They are renowned for providing their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste.which is used in various food recipes as well as for making spice mixes.generally used in powdered form in spice mixes as well as used wholly.

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What is the taste of Clove?

warm sweet and aromatic taste

Uses of clove

  1. To flavour foods - Used in fruit pies like apple for adding warm and spicy well as in cakes and desserts.
  2. Used in Indian cuisine lot of indian dishes like curry dishes and biryani's.
  3. Used in spiced tea (masala chai).
  4. Used in Fodni/Tadaka/Tempering in indian dishes.
  5. Making drinks
  6. Also used to stop toothache temporarily(keep it under teeth which have pain.).
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Cardamom as a spice in cooking

Cardamom (Elaichi)

cardamom is an alluring spice with a seductive Aroma.

May used directly as well as in powder form.
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cardamom is widely used spice which gives very good smell as well as taste to your is used directly as well as powdered.
It is frequently used component in spice mixes such as Indian and Nepali masalas as well as used in Thai curry pastes.
Green cardamom  is widely used in Indian sweets as well as in Masala chai (spiced tea).Also used for garnishing of basmati rice
and other dishes.

What is the taste of cardamom?

Uses of cardamom

  1. In masala's spice mixes
  2. Used in curry's 
  3. Spice up icecream.
  4. flavouring various sweets.
  5. In spiced milk
  6. in spicesd tea also called masala Chai.
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Use of Asafoetida/hing in Cooking recipes/dishes

1-Asafoetida (Hing)

In its pure form its odor is very strong and it have pungent smell so please keep its container closed if you don't it will contaminate other spices.However its odor and flavor becomes much milder and less pungent upon heating in oil or ghee(clarified butter).
Hing spice is used in food as condiment means to add flavour in food.Used as taste enhancer and for pickling.It also helps for digestion.
The small amount of hing or asafoetida is added in food at the time of tempering spices  or while giving tadka.mostly while frying onions.
sometimes its added in salt in very small quantity and used on salads as a additional condiment.

Uses of Hing/Asafoetida.

  • Good for digestion
  • Used as a spices
  • Used as a condiment.
  • used for pickling.

Applications of Hing

  • pickling
  • on Salads for additional flavouring hing(20%)+salt(80%)
  • Lentil curries such as Dal tadka etc
  • Numerous vegetable dishes.

How to use Asafoetida/Hing in dishes?

Add it in very small amount (1 pinch)
add it in boiling pulses of curry's and subji.
you can also add it in oil while giving tadka similar to garlic and onion.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

What is difference between Cayenne vs chili vs paprika

Difference between cayenne and chili powder and paprika.

Hi friends,
Even i confused about from what cayenne made of as well as paprika made i am aware of chili powder because chili powder is widely used in Indian cooking.
So after lot of research i am here to explain difference among paprika , cayenne as well as chili powder.
cayenne vs paprika vs chili powder difference between all explained

1-chili powder

 (moderate Hot and pungent made from regular chili)

Dark red in colour
chili powder made from general chilies we use.Mostly used in India.Generally Indians Makes it by blending it with other spices like onion,cumin,garlic etc.
here is images of chilies used for making chili powder
chili powder
these chilies first dried in sun and then powdered with other spices.
chili powder


made from cayenne chili (very hot & pungent)

Faint red in colour
cayenne is also one of type of chili powder but is made from specific chili named Cayenne which is hotter than regular chili used for making chili powder.

Here is image of Cayenne Chili

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cayenne is looks like regular chilies but are not they are short in length and very different in taste are more hot than chili powder.
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Made from  capsicum and very little to no Spiciness.
Medium red in colour.
paprika is also a chili powder but is made from Shimala Mirch.

Its made from a capsicum which is very little to no hot or pungent or spicy.Sweet paprika is also available.

Here is Image of from what  Paprika Made from

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