SPICES and HERBS

Here below you can find most used tips for cooking with spices...

Beans/Lentils/Peas:
(known as dals) - asafoetida, mustar seeds, turmeric, cumin, chana masala, dal masala, kitchen king, garam masala, haridra, ginger. (Pitta- ginger; Vata&Katpha- chilli

Rice:  
haridra, turmeric, birjani masala, garam masala, ela, tvak, safran, nigella seeds, coconut shreds, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, dried fruits, tvak

Fruits: 
ela, tvak, chat masala, garam masala, ginger, saffron

Milk: 
ela, turmeric, saffron, tvak, nutmeg

Milk products (sour): 
chat masala, garam masala, turmeric, ginger, cumin (for example for lassi)

Fresh salad: 
nigella seeds (onion seeds), cumin, mango powder, fenugreek, coconut shreds,   chat masala, garam masala, churna nr 2., coriander (seeds or as kiza when fresh) 

Vegetable: 
asafoetida, black mustard seeds, coriander, turmeric (especially for potatoes), cumin, churna nr 2- tomatos,  garlic

Cereal: 
turmeric, asafoetida (for buckwheat for example)

Dessert: 
ginger, tvak, ela, garam masala, haridra, coconut shreds

Soup: 
tamarind, fenugreek (also sprouted), asafoetida, black mustard seeds, ginger, cumin, birjani masala, churna nr 2, 


Here below you can find some useful baking tips:

Baking powder: in even proportions mix soda+citric acid+potato starch



There are so many spices and herbs that are used in different dishes and healing purposes, here below you will find the ones that are used quite often in ayurvedic cooking:

Asafoetida- 
Reminds of garlic and onion. Helps to digest food, cleanses stomach and intestines, always used with dals, vegetables, soups. More information can be found here: 

Haridra- (kurkuma)
Antiseptic spice, which can be used in almost all dishes, it gives beautiful yellow color. 
More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric

Black salt (kala namak)
The best salt you can find in a whole World due to it's nutritional benefits. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Namak

Ginger
Ginger root is amazing when cooking Ayurvedic dishes as it can be used in various ways, you can stay healthy inspite of the weather conditions or mass diseases. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger

Nigella seeds (onion seeds)
These black seeds are used when cooking rices or vegetables. It has protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and promotes apoptosis (cell death) of the cancer cells. More information can be found here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella_sativa

Black and white mustard seeds
Highly appreciated seeds due to it's nutritional facts. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustard_seed

Fenugreek
In ayurvedic cooking it is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves- known as kesoori methi), as a spice (seeds). More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek

Cardamom (black and green)
An amazing herb which is widely used in Ayurvedic cooking. Most often used with sweets, after tea and coffee.  
More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardamom
Cinnamon
This spice is highly valuated as it can help to solve many problems in your diet. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon

Nutmeg
Beautiful and very precious spice which is used with sweet dishes as well as potatoes for example. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutmeg 

Mango powder
Sour taste which can be added to sweet vegetables live avocado and beetroot. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amchoor

Fennel
Suitable for all doshas as it balances, cools and calms. Helps against digestive problems. Recommended for mothers in period when breastfeeding. Helps to restore taste. More information can be found here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennel

Black pepper
Improves memory, blood circulation in brains, detoxifies, aganist parasites, helps to eliminate amma. cooling spice, ok for pitta dosha. More information can be found here: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pepper
Cumin
Balances all doshas, helps to restore good feeling after parties. :)
Improves heart health, helps to digest dishes, improves general eye and brain health. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumin


Birjani masala

Garam masala

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